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Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg

Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg is the GCC Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs & Negotiation, and a columnist for Arab News.

28 August 2019 02:56 PM

Iran’s talk of nonaggression pacts a red herring

Iran’s diplomacy these days appears focused on one goal: Driving a wedge between the US and its allies to frustrate Washington’s efforts to build a global coalition to safeguard international shipping in the Gulf against Tehran’s repeated attacks.

21 August 2019 03:16 PM

Houthi attacks a valuable bargaining chip for Iran

Two back-to-back events last week demonstrated Iran’s intention to escalate its attacks on Saudi Arabia, its meddling in Yemen’s affairs and its challenging of US sanctions.

24 July 2019 04:35 PM

Multilateral approach the best way to confront Iran’s outlaw antics

This crisis has demonstrated that there is no difference on substance between Iran’s “moderates” and “hardliners.”

26 June 2019 01:02 PM

Iran would be mistaken to think US threat is over

After President Donald Trump last week called off airstrikes on Iran while the mission was en route to attack, some thought it was the end of any military threat against Iran. ​

17 June 2019 09:32 PM

Designate IRGC, Houthis to increase pressure on Iran

As Germany and Japan were not able to persuade Iran to climb down from its collision course with the international community, it is important to consider the next steps to avoid war and at the same time bring Tehran to the negotiating table to discuss the concerns of its neighbors and the world at large.

11 June 2019 03:03 PM

Japan and Germany well placed to help Iran climb down

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will visit Iran this week. These visits could help defuse the tensions in the region if they deliver a clear message to Iran, and if Tehran gets that message, about the evolving international consensus that it needs to change its behavior.

04 June 2019 12:57 PM

Will Iran heed the GCC summit’s message of peace?

The nine-point statement issued at the conclusion of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) emergency summit summarized the discussions that took place prior to and at the summit, which was held in Makkah last Thursday. The summit was prompted by the attacks Iran carried out against Saudi Arabia and the UAE last month.

22 May 2019 01:54 PM

GCC summit to shape regional consensus on Iran’s provocations

Last week’s attacks off the Fujairah coast damaged four commercial ships, mostly oil tankers — two Saudi, one Emirati and one Norwegian.

25 April 2019 02:32 PM

Scrutiny of US political system inspires awe once again

To be in Washington these days is to experience one of those epic periods when the American political system works to heal itself.

17 April 2019 12:14 AM

GCC and Iraq seizing historic opportunity to engage

Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi will this week visit Saudi Arabia — a sign of the growing relationship between the two countries and between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) bloc and Iraq. During his visit to Riyadh, the prime minister is scheduled to meet GCC officials.

13 March 2019 11:04 AM

Why ISIS will continue to be a menace in Iraq and Syria

As ISIS fighters try to defend Baghouz, their last enclave in eastern Syria, it is important to heed the warnings of top military commanders that the fight against the terror group is not going to be over any time soon.

06 March 2019 12:12 PM

How the ICJ could resolve the Kashmir conflict

The world has averted an all-out war over Kashmir between India and Pakistan, but probably not for long, judging by the past. For a few days last week, it appeared as if the two nuclear nations were on a collision course.

14 February 2019 01:20 PM

Hezbollah should not be allowed to benefit from Venezuela crisis

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that Hezbollah “has active cells” in Venezuela, adding that it and Iran are “impacting the people of Venezuela and throughout South America. We have an obligation to take down that risk for America.”

23 January 2019 10:48 AM

European disunity on Iran

Developments over the past few days have made it quite clear that Europe is divided over Iran in several ways.

16 January 2019 11:00 AM

Can US live up to Pompeo’s promises?

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech at the American University in Cairo last week was clearly meant as an antidote to Barack Obama’s regional policy, or lack thereof. Pompeo openly repudiated much of the previous administration’s initiatives, in particular those related to Iran.

09 January 2019 09:52 AM

How the UN can still save the Hodeidah deal

Hopes were raised at the Yemen talks in Sweden last month but, almost a month later, there is very little to sustain those hopes.

27 December 2018 08:42 AM

US troop withdrawal from Syria counterproductive

On Sunday, the Pentagon confirmed that the order to withdraw US troops from Syria had been signed. Last week’s announcement of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces.

20 December 2018 08:47 AM

The UN should move swiftly on Hodeidah to avert disaster

The handshake was the most visible result of the talks in Sweden on Yemen. To see Yemen’s Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Yamani and the Houthi representative shake hands was encouraging.