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  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press conference in Jerusalem on 13 August 2020. Picture: AFP

    Israel, Gulf states accord charts new era for Middle East

    Many of the oil-rich Gulf states have been quietly cultivating ties with Israel for years, but the normalisation deal allows those relationships to burst into the open, offering rich opportunities as they try to repair economies savaged by the coronavirus crisis.

  • Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud attends a joint press conference with the German Foreign Minister in Berlin, on 19 August 2020. Picture: AFP

    Saudi Arabia says no Israel deal without Palestinian peace

    Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan told reporters on a visit to Berlin that 'peace must be achieved with the Palestinians' on the basis of international agreements as a condition for any normalisation of relations with Israel.

  • FILE: Iranian President Hassen y, Rouhani said the UAE had made a “huge mistake” in reaching a agreement to normalise ties with Israel and called it a betrayal by the Gulf state. Picture: AFP

    UAE minister says UAE-Israel agreement not directed at Iran

    The UAE on Sunday said it had summoned Iran’s charge d’affaires in Abu Dhabi and given him a 'strongly worded memo' in response to a speech by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that the foreign ministry described as 'unacceptable'.

  • MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter. Picture: @ShuterRob/Twitter.

    MTN to exit Middle East to focus on Africa

    MTN is in advanced talks to sell the stake in MTN Syria to TeleInvest, which holds the other 25% of the business, Group President and Chief Executive Officer Rob Shuter told media on a conference call as the firm reported its half-year results.

  • Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh (C), clad in mask due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, leaves following a meeting with members of his government and officials of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in the Jordan Valley village of Fasayil in the occupied West Bank on 24 June 2020, to discuss Israel's West Bank annexation plans. Picture: AFP

    Palestinians say ready for direct talks with Israel

    A Palestinian Authority text sent to the international peacemaking Quartet and seen Monday by AFP, says the Palestinians are 'ready to resume direct bilateral negotiations where they stopped,' in 2014.