With its usual problems plus over a million Syrian refugees Jordan needs support. Some positive developments in the region.
Yemen – the Stockholm ceasefire holding. Opposition to the war in Washington and London.
US/Polish conference in Warsaw shifts focus from Iran to a wider agenda. “A new era” (Mike Pence) – not
Morocco withdraws ambassadors from Saudi Arabia and UAE “for consultations”.
Pope Francis gets the red carpet in Abu Dhabi. A successful visit, and a modest boost for peace in Yemen.
UN-backed ceasefire in Hudaida continues, but progress is slow.
Stockholm partial ceasefire around Hudaida, talks under UN chairmanship, some aid getting through, prisoner exchange talks begin.
Trial of 11 unnamed persons for the Khashoggi murder begins. Any stick will now do to beat Saudi Arabia.
Yemen – talks in Sweden may lead to a ceasefire in Hudayda and allow in vitally needed food and medicine.
Many countries in the region hold disgracefully large numbers of prisoners, but information is patchy and unreliable.