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Biden aide, Saudi crown prince discussed Israel normalization: report (Al Monitor)

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan raised the possibility of Saudi Arabia normalizing relations with Israel during his meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last month, Axios reported Wednesday.

Citing three American and Arab sources, the US news outlet said Prince Mohammed did not reject Sullivan’s normalization proposal outright during their meeting in the Red Sea city of Neom on Sept. 27. The Saudis reportedly presented Sullivan with a list of measures that must be taken first, including improvements in US-Saudi relations.

Biden aide, Saudi crown prince discussed Israel normalization: report – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Iran Saudi Arabia

Iran-Saudi Talks: No Easing of Tense Relations Expected (Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall, JCPA)

In recent weeks, there have been several rounds of talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia in an attempt to temper tense relations. While Saudi Arabia is cautious about the chances of successful negotiations, Iran is showing a more optimistic approach and a willingness to echo talks taking place mainly in Iraq, for the first time since Iranian President Raisi took office.

Iran-Saudi Talks: No Easing of Tense Relations Expected (jcpa.org)

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is No Longer a Kingdom of Hate (Amb. Dore Gold, JCPA)

In September we commemorated 20 years since the 9/11 attacks on the United States.  Those of us who have been professionally involved in the study of the Middle East were shocked to learn that the vast majority of the terrorists who flew hijacked aircraft into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon did not come from Lebanon, Libya, or Syria, but rather from Saudi Arabia, which was never associated with international terrorism. The same was true of their commander, the architect of the attacks.

Saudi Arabia is No Longer a Kingdom of Hate (jcpa.org)

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Tunisia in ‘advanced talks’ with Saudi Arabia, UAE for financial aid (Middle East Eye)

Tunisia’s Central Bank is in “advanced talks” with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to obtain financial aid for the cash-strapped country, a senior banker has confirmed.

Abdelkarim Lassoued, the head of financing and foreign transactions at the Tunisian regulator, told local Shams FM radio on Friday that an agreement with the two Gulf states may be reached soon.

Tunisia in ‘advanced talks’ with Saudi Arabia, UAE for financial aid | Middle East Eye

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s biggest IPO since Aramco surges in debut (Reema Alothman, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera)

ACWA Power International surged on its debut in Riyadh after raising more than $1.2 billion in the biggest Saudi Arabian listing since Aramco.

The stock jumped by the 30% daily limit to 72.80 riyals on Monday as investors flocked to a business seen as key to Saudi Arabia’s efforts to diversify from oil. ACWA, which aims to play a major role in the transition to greener energy by producing renewable electricity and hydrogen, had offered shares at 56 riyals each.

Saudi Arabia’s biggest IPO since Aramco surges in debut | Business and Economy News | Al Jazeera

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Saudi Arabia

Drone attacks target Saudi airport in Jazan (Al Jazeera)

At least 10 people have been reported injured in attacks on an airport in Saudi Arabia’s city of Jazan, near the border with Yemen.

The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the attacks on Friday evening targeted the King Abdullah Airport.

Drone attacks target Saudi airport in Jazan | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

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Iran Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia confirms recent talks with Iran (Al Jazeera)

Saudi Arabia held discussions with regional rival Tehran last month as talks to ease tensions continue under Iran’s conservative President Ebrahim Raisi.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said on Sunday “the fourth round of talks took place on September 21”.

Saudi Arabia confirms recent talks with Iran | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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Saudi Arabia

Expo 2020 Dubai to be renovated into futuristic ‘District 2020’ after March 2022 (Al Arabiya)

Transitioning into District 2020, the Expo 2020 Dubai site will live long after the event closes its doors in March 2022.

Final checks are being carried out and global stars are preparing to kick-off the launch of Expo 2020 Dubai with a glittering opening ceremony to be beamed to millions of visitors around the world.

Expo 2020 Dubai to be renovated into futuristic ‘District 2020’ after March 2022 | Al Arabiya English

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Social and Economic Changes Require a Delicate Balancing Act (James M. Dorsey, BESA Center)

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s vision for the kingdom’s future will have to toe a fine line between redefining the Saudi social contract and the danger of creating new grievances.

Saudi Social and Economic Changes Require a Delicate Balancing Act (besacenter.org)

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