Arab and International Bombay starts a regional tour Tuesday involving 8 Arab capitals


Pompeo starts regional tour Tuesday, including 8 Arab capitals
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will start a tour of the Arab region next Tuesday to visit eight Arab capitals to discuss hot issues related to the Syrian situation, the developments in Yemen, the fight against Iranian interference in the affairs of neighboring countries, Terrorism and its financing, and trade and investment relations.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait for a period of eight days, starting on January 8 to 15, the State Department said in a statement. This will be his first visit to the Middle East since President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, which is expected to dominate the talks with regional leaders as well as Iran. The tour coincides with another by US national security adviser John Bolton, including Israel and Turkey.

The US Secretary of State has the task of reassuring allies, partners and leaders of states about the US role in the region under the sudden US decisions, threats and risks.

The visit comes at a sensitive time after the Administration announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, and changes in the administration of the resignation of US Defense Secretary James Matisse, an opposition to the decision, and the resignation of Brett Magrick, US envoy to the International Alliance to Combat Terrorism and echo. US Vice President Mike Bens said in an interview with Fox News on Thursday evening that the US president was looking at several ways in Syria and perhaps Afghanistan, where there could be less US military commitment.

The decision to withdraw US forces from Syria has raised concerns about the prospect of rising Iranian and Russian influence in Syria, where Lebanese factions are fighting alongside Russian forces to support President Bashar al-Assad. Syria was the key issue at the Pentagon’s first meeting on Thursday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and Gen. Joe Danford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to discuss possibilities and options for the future of Syria. The ambiguity of the timetable for the withdrawal of US troops remains unclear.

According to State Department deputy spokesman Robert Bladini, the US Secretary of State will spend a week in the region from January 8 to 15, and will visit Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat and Kuwait City.

The Jordanian capital Amman is the first of the US Secretary of State, where he will meet with King Abdullah II and Jordanian leaders to discuss areas of cooperation and partnership between the United States and Jordan and discuss the Syrian issue and the situation in Iraq. On the second stop in the Egyptian capital Cairo, he will meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Egyptian officials. The talks will focus on hot issues in the region, combating terrorism, especially in Sinai, Iranian intervention in the region and how to push peace efforts in Yemen and secure the Red Sea region. The talks will discuss economic cooperation between Washington and Cairo. The US Secretary of State will deliver a speech in Cairo on the US commitment to peace, prosperity and security in the Middle East.

In Manama, Pompeo will meet officials to discuss areas of bilateral cooperation and expand the strategic partnership between the United States and Bahrain. The talks focus on a broad address of counterterrorism, but much of the talks are aimed at helping Bahrain cope with the dangerous activities of the Iranian regime and Tehran’s attempts to interfere in Bahrain’s affairs. Pompeo discusses with his Bahraini counterpart how to work through the Middle East Strategic Alliance to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities, promoted as similar to NATO. The Trump administration seeks to build a security and political alliance among Arab states to confront Iran, including Gulf Arab states , In addition to Egypt and Jordan, in the so-called “Arab NATO”, or “the strategic alliance of the Middle East.”

In Riyadh, where the fourth US Secretary of State, Pompeo is seeking to strengthen US-Saudi relations, discusses the files and priorities of strengthening bilateral ties and regional hot spots, including Yemen, Iran and Syria. US-Saudi talks focus on how to support the efforts of UN Special Envoy Martin Griffith to reach an agreement Comprehensive political process between the Yemeni parties to end the conflict and achieve a brighter future for Yemen.

In Muscat, Pompeo will meet with Omani leaders to discuss ways to promote peace throughout the region, including Yemen, and build on the strong partnership between the United States and Oman.

The minister and Omani leaders will discuss the strategic alliance of the Middle East and the importance of the GCC countries in promoting peace, prosperity and security in the region.

Pompeo will conclude his tour of Kuwait City, where he will lead the US delegation to the third strategic dialogue between the United States and Kuwait, which will focus on many areas of new cooperation, including defense and cybersecurity and the strengthening of economic relations. The Secretary-General also meets with Kuwaiti leaders to discuss important regional issues, including the need for GCC unity and support for UN-led efforts to reach a comprehensive political agreement between the parties to end the conflict in Yemen.

Washington appoints a new envoy to the international coalition against Dahesh


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American diplomat James Jeffrey
American diplomat James Jeffrey
Abu Dhabi – Arab Sky Newsafter the resignation of Brett Mcgork from his duties Kmovd particularly the United States to the international coalition against al Daesh, this position now filled by James Jeffrey , who also serves as the US envoy to Syria.

McGrath, appointed by former President Barack Obama and confirmed by Trump in his post to represent Washington at the International Coalition , announced his resignation on December 21 after Trump’s sudden decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. 

McGovern’s resignation, which came into force on Dec. 31, came after US Defense Secretary James Matisse resigned. 

Trump announced last Monday that the withdrawal of US troops from Syria would be “slow,” contrary to what he said on December 19. “It is time to go back … Our young men, our young women and our men will all return, and all of us will return now,” she said. 

To reassure allies involved in the international coalition, the State Department said there was “no timetable” for a military withdrawal that would be “very coordinated” to “

Jeffrey will take over as US special envoy to the international coalition and US envoy to Syria, the State Department said. 

In a statement, State Department spokesman Robert Paladino said that Jeffrey would “lead and coordinate the State Department’s efforts to implement President Trump’s announcement of an official withdrawal of US forces from Syria, in coordination with our allies and partners, without damaging US targets in Syria and Iraq, Standing for Daish. ” 

Some 2,000 US troops are based in northern Syria, mostly private forces training Kurdish local forces to fight a militant organization . 

US officials have warned of the consequences of the rapid withdrawal from Syria, fearing that this allows, especially for Russia and Iran, the uniqueness of this country,15700023,15700124,15700186,15700191,15700201,15700237,15700242,15700248&usg=ALkJrhgI2HtXYvV0v2KJCvuBHZocKt6i4A

Iraq is the sixth largest economic country in the Middle East



Friday, January 4, 2019 11:43 am

Saudi Arabia topped the Middle East as the largest economy in 2018 in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) at current “nominal” prices of $ 784 billion.

According to the analysis of the report unit in the newspaper “Economic” based on the data of the site spectator index and local statistical bodies of countries, Turkey came second with a nominal gross domestic product of $ 713 billion.

In third place came the UAE with a nominal GDP of $ 432 billion, Iran with $ 430 billion and Egypt with $ 249 billion.

Nominal GDP is the market value of the total final goods and services produced in a given country at current market prices.

Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow at current prices by 6.4 percent in 2019 to 3.13 trillion riyals.

By returning to the Middle East nominal GDP ranking in 2018, Iraq ranked sixth with a domestic output of $ 230 billion, followed by Qatar with $ 188 billion, Kuwait with $ 144 billion and Oman with $ 81 billion.

Lebanon ranked $ 10 billion, followed by Libya with $ 43 billion, Jordan with $ 41 billion, Bahrain with $ 39 billion and Yemen with $ 28 billion.

The Middle East is a geopolitical term for a geographical region located in the western part of Asia and part of North Africa. These countries are characterized by the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea and the Gulf. This term has been used since the 1950s 19th century AD. End 3

US official: No plans to facilitate the dispatch of Arab troops to Syria


US official: No plans to facilitate the sending of Arab troops to Syria
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A US official said on Friday that his country’s foreign minister, Mike Pompeo, would confirm during his tour that America would not leave the Middle East.

During his tour, Pompeo will confirm support for Washington’s allies and cooperation in the fight against terrorism, the official said.

He added that the United States does not intend to maintain a military presence in Syria forever, pointing out that there are no current plans to facilitate the sending of Arab troops to Syria.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait, the State Department said on Friday.

During his visit to Riyadh, Pompeo will seek the latest developments in the Saudi investigation into the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in October, the ministry said.

The tour will begin on January 8 and run through March 15, the ministry said in a statement.

Khashoggi lived in the United States and writes for The Washington Post and became a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The journalist was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

US intelligence concluded that the crown prince had ordered the killing of Khashoggi, whose body had been removed and taken from the consulate building to an undisclosed location so far. Senior Turkish officials linked senior killers to the highest levels of Saudi leadership.

Pompeo is preparing for a Middle East tour involving Iraq

Editorial Date: 2019/1/4 19:21 
(AFP) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to begin a Middle East tour starting next week, including Iraq, where he will follow up on several issues including the withdrawal from Syria and the latest developments in the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the State Department said Friday.
The ministry said in a statement that the tour includes Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Iraq. 
The tour begins on January 8 with a visit to Jordan and ends on the 15th of this month in Kuwait. 
Pompeo is due to discuss developments in Khashoggi’s assassination inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul three months ago, according to the same source. 
On Thursday, the Saudi Public Prosecution announced the holding of the first trial hearings in the case, but the United Nations considered the trial insufficient and renewed its demand for a “transparent and comprehensive” investigation. 
The US secretary of state’s visit to the region comes two weeks after President Trump’s surprise and controversial visit to Iraq, his intention to withdraw his troops from Syria.
Trump said at the time that Washington’s military mission had ended with a resounding decline, and that the rest of the countries of the region remained, stressing his confidence in Turkey’s ability to confront the remaining cells of northern Syria.

Saleh returns to Baghdad and the presidency describes his visit to Turkey as “successful”

Editorial Date: 2019/1/4 13:27 •

Iraq’s President Barham Salih and the accompanying government delegation returned to Baghdad on Thursday after an official visit to Ankara.

The Information Office of the President of the Republic announced in a brief statement received by the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it, the return of Saleh to Baghdad “, describing the visit to Turkey as” successful. ”

The President of the Republic Barham Salih and the government delegation senior, visited on Thursday the Turkish capital of Ankara and met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior Turkish officials.

during the joint meeting to discuss a number of issues of mutual interest between the two countries to promote trade and economic relations between Turkey and Iraq and expand the horizons of joint cooperation to ensure that the interests of the two friendly peoples files.

The two sides agreed that Iraq and Turkey flew and For economic between Europe and the Gulf, it has been emphasizing the importance of the contribution of Turkish companies in investment projects across the country and participation in the rehabilitation of the liberated cities.

Also touched on my energy, transport and the rehabilitation of the electrical system in Iraq, and the need to open a new border port to simplify trade and economic measures, and to facilitate The Turkish

Foreign Ministry announced yesterday evening that the Turkish president will visit Iraq soon without setting a date.

oil prices rise again

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Oil prices rose on Friday, reversing past losses, after China said it would hold talks with the US government on Jan. 7 and 8 to seek solutions to trade disputes between the world’s two largest economies.

Brent crude futures were $ 56.12 a barrel by 5:42 GMT, up 17 cents, or 0.3 percent, from the previous settlement.

US West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 16 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $ 47.25 a barrel.

The crude fell early in the session on fears that a trade war between China and the United States could lead to a global economic slowdown.

Traders said the price rise came after China’s Ministry of Commerce said Friday it would hold deputy-level talks with US counterparts in Beijing on Jan. 7 and 8 as both sides sought to end a dispute that would further damage the economy.



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