Saudi senior source denies FT report of holding secret talks with Iran

A senior Saudi official has denied direct talks have been held with Iran, four years after the two countries cut off diplomatic ties, contradicting a Financial Times report claiming discussions were ongoing between the two major regional players.

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Saudi Arabia – Iran must be prevented from obtaining nuclear weapons

The international community must take measure to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned on Wednesday.

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Pakistan says naval drill with Iran was ‘unplanned’

A day-long sea exercise conducted by Pakistan and Iran’s navies in the Arabian Gulf on Tuesday was unplanned and part of a “goodwill gesture,” a spokesman for the Pakistan navy has said, rejecting media reports that it was based on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries.

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A growing challenge for Iraq – Iran-aligned Shiite militias

It was a stark message: A convoy of masked Shiite militiamen, armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, drove openly through central Baghdad denouncing the US presence in Iraq and threatening to cut off the prime minister’s ear.

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US sanctions tank Iran’s economy

After Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy, Washington and Tehran struggle to reconnect. The economy lost almost 5 percentage points in 2020. Billions of oil dollars are stuck in Chinese, Iraqi and South Korean banks. Unemployment is at 12.4 per cent while the fiscal deficit is rising.

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