Ties collapsed between both sides after a Thai janitor stole $20M worth of gems in 1989 from a Saudi prince's home. Riyadh says Thai police bungled probe while the janitor became a monk in 2016.
The winds of normalisation are blowing across the Middle East bringing calm to the Gulf and to ties between Turkey and Egypt. The latest rapprochement appears to be between Turkiye and Saudi Arabia.
The Muslim-majority country has recently experienced a lot of changes in terms of liberalising the use of other religious symbols and celebrating non-Muslim holidays.
Saudi leadership is seeking ways to work with its Gulf Arab allies and prepare for scenarios involving Iran, the nuclear deal, and the most delicate regional issues pitting Riyadh and Tehran against each other.
Saudi resentment against the UAE, its main ally, grows further from the Yemen war to OPEC differences. Abu Dhabi, however, continues to pursue a foreign policy that conflicts with Riyadh's.
A legal battle between Saudi Crown Prince MBS and a former spy chief Saad Aljabri risks making anti-terror operation details public.
The roots of the very public — and personal — clash between the two Arabian powers in OPEC are complicated and rooted in myriad geopolitical factors.
The New York Times reports that the training was provided by Tier 1 Group, which is owned by the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, and approved by the State Department.
Comments by Ambassador Rayed Krimly are the first public confirmation from Saudi Arabia that the rivals – who severed ties in 2016 – were holding direct talks to reduce regional tensions.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's tone has shifted drastically with regards to Iran, and it bodes well for the whole region.
"Iran is a neighbouring country, and all we aspire for is a good and special relationship with Tehran," Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said during an interview after sources said officials from the two countries held secret talks in Iraq.
Royal family member Sharif Hassan Ben Zaid is still in detention, so is a confidant of the king, Bassem Awadallah.
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