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Indian PM to visit KSA 28, February 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Saudi Arabia, The Sub Continent.
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For the first time in nearly 30 years, an Indian Prime Minister will visit Saudi Arabia. Manmohan Singh will meet King Abdullah and address Riyadh’s consultative assembly.

Al Arabiyya reports that India imports 70% of its energy needs and that Saudi is in fact India’s biggest trade partner in terms of heavyweight oil. This makes it all the more surprising that no Indian PM has been to Saudi more recently, especially given that Singh was in Qatar and Oman in 2008.

Qatar: MOUs with Iran and US 28, February 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in American ME Relations, Iran, Qatar.
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Within 24 hours, Qatar signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Iran and America. The former in terms of a military agreements for greater cooperation etc and the latter for greater cooperation in the realm of renewable energy.

A small microcosm of Qatar’s politics in 24 hours.

World Press Photo Awards 28, February 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Islam, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
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Jewish settler throws wine at an Arab woman in Hebron

A man is stoned to death in Somalia by Islamic Insurgents for adultery.