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Saudi Crown Prince MBS meets Netanyahu in Amman



Saudi Crown Prince MBS meets Netanyahu in Amman

Israeli writer reveals the secret meeting held in Royal Palace

Coming further close to Israel, Saudi Arabia’s most powerful Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman has met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Royal Jordanian Palace in Amman on Monday.

Yemen Press Agency (YPA) and Tehran based Pars Today have quoted Israeli daily Maariv’s report written by Jacky Hugi, a political analyst saying that Mohammed Bin Salman was waiting for Netanyahu at the Royal Jordanian Palace during his last visit to Amman on Monday.

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The high profile secret meeting between the two leaders came on the sidelines of US President Donlad Trump’s advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner’s Amman visit on Friday. Kushner was accompanied by Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s Middle East Envoy.

Jacky Hugi added that” a close friend told me about the incident, claiming that there were direct contacts between the two parties, both Saudi and Israeli, under the auspices of King Abdullah II of Jordan.”

Saudi Crown Prince MBS meets Netanyahu in Amman

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Earlier, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly met on Wednesday with Jared Kushner in Riyadh  to discuss Trump’s “ready” plan over Palestinian-Israeli peace deal, or what it calls the “deal of the century.

The meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Israeli Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu has come at a time when Israeli forces have been involved in killing and injuring large number of  Palestinian protesters in Gaza, who have been participating “Right to Return” march every Friday since March this year.

There were world-wide protests against Israel on the last Friday of  Ramadan. Iran’s revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini had, after succeeding in throwing out pro-US King from Tehran in 1979, appealed world Muslims to protest and commemorate it on this day every year as “International Qods Day”.

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Israel and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic ties so far. However, ties between the two were seen very close virtually. Mohammad Bin Salman has been supporting US sponsored “deal of the century” to settle Israel-Palestine crisis. The details of the deal were not made public so far. It is widely understood that Palestinians would be stripped of the promised State of Palestine, as earlier discussed, to exist side by side with Israel.

Saudi Arabia has in recent months allowed Air India to take its commercial flights through its airspace to reach Tel Aviv for avoiding detour through red sea, decreasing about three hours of flight time. So far Saudi Arabian aircraft do not fly directly to Israel.

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Bahrain, a close ally of Saudi Arabia and part of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has been exchanging delegation level visits with Israel. UAE has already opened an Israeli diplomatic-level mission to the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi.

There have been reports of major Saudi investment in Israel for last several years.

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda says statements on reclaiming Katchatheevu island from Sri Lanka have no ground

Devananda told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about Katchatheevu as elections are taking place in India.



Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda has said the statements from some political leaders in India on reclaiming Katchatheevu from the island nation have no ground. He told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about the strategic island as elections are taking place in India.

The Sri Lankan Minister said he thought India is acting on its interests to secure this place to ensure Sri Lankan fishermen would not have any access to that area and that Sri Lanka should not claim any rights in that resourceful area. According to the 1974 agreement, Devananda said Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen can go fishing in the territorial waters of both countries until the pact was reviewed and amended in 1976.

The amended agreement resulted in fishermen from both countries being barred from fishing in neighboring waters. India’s ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday steered clear of the row surrounding Katchatheevu island. To a volley of questions on the Katchatheevu issue, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reffered to External affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s recent comments on the matter.

He said he would like to talk about the issue that has been raised. He added the External Affairs minister has spoken to the press here in Delhi and also in Gujarat and has clarified all the issues. He said everyone should look into the press engagements and they would find the answers to their questions there.

The remarks from Devananda, a Sri Lankan Tamil, came days after the Narendra Modi government accused the Congress and its ally DMK in Tamil Nadu of overlooking national interests by handing over Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka in 1974. The BJP has also been slamming the 2 parties for not ensuring the rights of the fishermen wanting to fish in waters around the island.

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US reiterates its call for fair, transparent, legal process for Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, speaks on Congress frozen accounts

The US spokesperson said that they are also aware of the Congress party’s allegations that tax authorities have frozen some of their bank accounts in a manner that will make it challenging to effectively campaign in the upcoming elections.



A day after India summoned an US diplomat over their remarks on the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the liquor policy case, the US reiterated its call for fair, transparent, timely legal processes on Wednesday.

Responding to questions on India summoning Gloria Berbena, the US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission in New Delhi, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said that they will continue to follow these actions closely, including the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Notably, the meeting at the foreign ministry’s South Block office lasted nearly 40 minutes yesterday with India objecting strongly to the US remarks on the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal.

Matthew Miller also responded to a question on the Congress party’s frozen bank accounts. The US spokesperson said that they are also aware of the Congress party’s allegations that tax authorities have frozen some of their bank accounts in a manner that will make it challenging to effectively campaign in the upcoming elections. He added that the US encourages fair, transparent and timely legal processes for each of the issues.

Arvind Kejriwal was arrested last week by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection to the Delhi liquor policy scam. Earlier, AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain and Sanjay Singh were arrested in the same case.

The External Affairs Ministry had earlier stated that states are expected to be respectful of the sovereignty and internal affairs of others, and this responsibility is even more so in case of fellow democracies, adding that it could otherwise end up setting unhealthy precedents.

The Ministry further emphasized that India’s legal processes are based on an independent judiciary which is committed to objective and timely outcomes. It mentioned that casting aspersions on India’s legal procedure is unwarranted.

The United State’s remarks followed days after Germany’s Foreign Office stressed that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is entitled to a fair and impartial trial. The Indian government labelled their remark as blatant interference in internal matters.

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5 Chinese nationals killed in suicide bomb attack in Pakistan

This is the third major attack on Chinese interests in Pakistan within a week.



Nearly five Chinese nationals were killed in an explosion during an attack on their convoy by a suicide bomber in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday. Reportedly, the suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a convoy of Chinese engineers travelling from Islamabad to their camp in Dasu, situated in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Regional police chief Mohammad Ali Gandapur said that five Chinese nationals and their Pakistani driver were killed in the attack. As yet, none has claimed responsibility for the attack. Bisham Station House Officer (SHO) Bakht Zahir asserted that the incident was a suicide blast and the authorities concerned were collecting the evidence.

The Station House Officer further added that security arrangements were tightened at the spot and the bodies were being shifted to a hospital. He added that they will investigate from where and how the vehicle of a suicide bomber came and how it happened. Notably, this is the third major attack on Chinese interests in Pakistan within a week.

Previously, two attacks hit an airbase and a strategic port in the southwest province of Balochistan where China is investing billions in infrastructure projects. Several Chinese engineers and Pakistani construction workers have for multiple years been working on hydroelectric projects as part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative in the western province of Khyber-Paktunkhwa.

Notably, Dasu is home to a significant dam project, has been a target of previous attacks. Earlier in 2021, the attack in Dasu resulted in the deaths of nine Chinese nationals, along with two Pakistani children. The incident occured when a bus carrying Chinese engineers and workers to the Dasu Hydropower Project site was targeted.

There was confusion surrounding the nature of the attack initially, with some reports suggesting it was a bus accident. Nonetheless, subsequent investigations revealed that it was indeed a terrorist attack. The bus was hit by a blast, leading it to plunge into a ravine.

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