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‘US pressured Gulf states over Iran’

‘US pressured Gulf states over Iran’

TEHRAN – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday said the United States and its allies have pressured Gulf Arab states to accuse Tehran of meddling in Bahrain and Kuwait. The Statement came as Arab states of the Gulf accused Iran of meddling in Bahrain and Kuwait, drawing a warning from a senior official in Tehran on Monday for pro-US monarchs to focus instead on their peoples’ demands. Foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in a statement issued late on Sunday

Bahrain fears sectarian overspill in Gulf

DUBAI – Bahrain’s foreign minister said his country, slammed over use of deadly force, feared its Shiite-led protests could spark sectarian conflict in other Gulf states, in an interview published Wednesday.
Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa also renewed accusations of his Shiite-majority state kingdom ruled by his Sunni royal family that Lebanon’s Shiite militant group Hezbollah was “training” regime opponents.

Gilani, Bandar discuss Afghanistan, Gulf situation

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Saudi Arabian National Security Council Secretary General Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud on Saturday discussed the alarming situation of public uprising in the Gulf states besides exploring ways and means to restore peace to Afghanistan through a joint strategy of talks with the local warring factions.
The visiting Saudi prince called on the prime minister at the PM’s House and briefed him on the Saudi perception

UK, France, Gulf states seek no-fly zone over Libya

RAS LANUF – Britain, France and Gulf states on Monday said they were seeking UN authority for a no-fly zone over Libya, as Muammar Gaddafi’s warplanes counter-attacked against rebels and aid officials said a million people were in need.
Rebels swiftly rejected an olive branch offered by an associate of Gaddafi, and fighting escalated around one of the country’s key oil ports. The ageing autocrat warned that if he fell thousands of refugees would “invade Europe”. With civilians

FIA sees greater opportunity in Karachi than greener pastures of Gulf, Europe

KARACHI – Hundreds of youngsters from Sindh, and particularly from Karachi, hoping to head to the Gulf and Europe for employment, are falling prey to fake overseas recruiting agencies in the city that operate under the alleged patronage of Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) authorities, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The FIA has received many complaints against fake overseas recruiting agencies, but no punitive action has been taken against these agencies due to the influential

Platini wants 2022 ‘Gulf’ World Cup

LONDON – UEFA President Michel Platini believes the 2022 World Cup controversially awarded to Qatar could be played across the whole of the Gulf region, it was reported Thursday. In comments widely reported in British media, Platini said there was no reason why matches for the 2022 tournament could not be held across several countries surrounding Qatar. “I hope it will be a World Cup of the Gulf,” Platini was quoted as saying in several reports. FIFA’s decision to award the World Cup

US defence chief in Gulf to discuss Iran, Yemen

ABU DHABI: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates is meeting on Thursday with Emirati leaders on Iran’s nuclear programme and Al Qaeda threat in Yemen, as WikiLeaks exposed Gulf Arab fears of the Islamic republic. Gates was to meet the deputy commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahayan.
Their talks will touch on military cooperation and “challenges that we are working together to try to solve,” press secretary Geoff

Gulf urges Iran to be ‘positive’ on nuclear talks

ABU DHABI: Gulf Arab leaders meeting in Abu Dhabi appealed on Tuesday to Iran to “respond positively” to talks with world powers about the Islamic republic’s contentious nuclear programme.
Gulf Cooperation Council states “welcome international efforts, including those made by the P5+1, to peacefully resolve Iran’s nuclear crisis and hope it will respond positively to these efforts,” said a joint GCC statement.
They also stressed the “right of all countries in the region to

Pakistan Vs South Africa in UAE – Scandal saps Pakistani fans in Gulf

ABU DHABI: Pakistani taxi driver Kamal Shah has been part of the madding crowd addicted to international cricket ever since matches first came to the Gulf three decades ago. Privately he was delighted when Pakistan was forced to host matches in the United Arab Emirates, far from Islamist militants and rampant insecurity at home, because it gave him the chance to watch his idols.
But spot-fixing allegations against Pakistan on their recent tour of England has left Shah with a