23 Sep 2020
Despite surpassing the deadline imposed by France for the formation of a new government (September 14, 2020), Lebanon has not yet reached a conclusion to the internal political crisis.  On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, France’s foreign ministry warned Lebanon’s political forces that the coun
22 Sep 2020
On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, the Palestinian foreign minister declared that Palestine has quit its current chairmanship of Arab League meetings, condemning as dishonorable any Arab agreement to establish formal ties with Israel. This comes in the context in which Palestinians see the accords b
21 Sep 2020
On Saturday, September 19, 2020, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that all UN sanctions against Iran were “back in effect” under the “snapback” provision in the JCPOA. The claim came 30 days after Pompeo notified the UN Security Council (UNSC) of what he called Iran’s “signifi
17 Sep 2020
This week, the Prime Minister of Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj announced his resignation but will stay on in a caretaker capacity through negotiations for a new government in Geneva next month, according to officials familiar with him. With Turkey’s help, Al-Sarraj and his
16 Sep 2020
“Normalization within the Middle East”, marking a “new dawn” for the region, as preached by the US, happened through the signature of the treaties - the Abraham Accords - between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. The harshly criticized agreements, brokered by
15 Sep 2020
Amid growing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt and Cyprus are intensifying talks to start building an offshore gas pipeline from the Aphrodite gas field to Cairo in preparation for re-export to Europe, in a more general context of the economic uncertainty of the gas and oil industry, as p
14 Sep 2020
Following the example of the UAE, on Friday, September 11, 2020, as expected by many Middle East specialists, Bahrain concluded a deal with Israel, under the auspices of the US. This agreement comes only after one month since the deal concluded with the UAE (August 13th), however, met with much more
11 Sep 2020
On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the Arab League held a meeting via video conference at the Arab League headquarters, at the level of foreign ministers, to discuss Palestinian Authority’s request for an emergency meeting to reject the UAE’s normalization deal with Israel (the August 13th deal br
10 Sep 2020
On Monday, September 7, 2020, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad received the visit of a Russian delegation in Damascus, led by the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday he wanted to expand business ties with Russia t