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Cyprus Egypt Greece

Egypt-Greece-Cyprus summit prioritizes energy cooperation (Al Monitor)

Egypt, Greece and Cyprus held a tripartite meeting in Athens Tuesday as the alliance between the Eastern Mediterranean states continues to strengthen.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi participated in the ninth annual summit along with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. The trio discussed electricity cooperation, energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus’ dispute with Turkey and more, Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency reported.

Egypt-Greece-Cyprus summit prioritizes energy cooperation – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Afghanistan Iran

Iran to host Afghanistan’s neighbors for Oct. 27 talks (Al Monitor)

Iran will host the foreign ministers from Afghanistan’s neighboring countries for a summit on Oct. 27, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters that the one-day meeting next week will bring together diplomats from Russia, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan — the six members of the so-called Moscow format talks on Afghanistan.

Iran to host Afghanistan’s neighbors for Oct. 27 talks – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Afghanistan Iran Pakistan

Iran, Pakistan work to strengthen ties as Afghan situation remains fluid (Sabena Siddiqui, Al Monitor)

Iran’s army chief, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, headed a high-level military delegation to Islamabad last week at the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa. Marking a new phase in military ties between both neighbors, the trip held special significance as it took place at a time when the region is going through major geopolitical changes.

Iran, Pakistan work to strengthen ties as Afghan situation remains fluid – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Syrian Kurdish Turkey

Syrian Kurdish forces ‘fully prepared’ for possible Turkish attack (Mohammed Hardan, Al Monitor)

Turkey has threatened to launch a military operation against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which has recently stepped up its attacks in the areas controlled by the Turkish-backed factions in north Syria.

On Oct. 7, a rocket attack targeted a Turkish military convoy in the area, killing a Turkish soldier.

Syrian Kurdish forces ‘fully prepared’ for possible Turkish attack – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Palestine

Tribal courts rule Palestine with unforgiving traditions (Rasha Abou Jalal, Al Monitor)

Many Palestinians take their conflicts and long-standing disputes to tribal courts, which are known for moving quickly to issue rulings. The official court system generally takes much longer, sometimes years, to decide on a case.

Community elders, dignitaries and the heads of families occupy an informal but prominent position in the tribal judiciary system, which settles disputes between individuals and families in cases and complaints ranging from verbal abuse to murder.

Tribal courts rule Palestine with unforgiving traditions – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Iran Israel USA

Iran commander rejoices at US ‘defeats’ (Al Monitor)

The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said the United States has “fled” Afghanistan and is currently counting its “last months” in Iraq as well. Underlining Washington’s regional “defeats,” Hossein Salami added that US “plots” in Lebanon and Syria have also failed.

Iran commander rejoices at US ‘defeats’ – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Comoros Israel

Comoros could be next to normalize ties with Israel (Rina Bassist, Al Monitor)

Reports yesterday say Israel and Comoros are in talks to establish diplomatic relations. The Islands of Comoros is a Muslim-majority country and member of the Arab League. If it happens, Comoros will be the fifth Muslim country to either normalize ties with Israel or advance normalization in the last year, in the framework of the 2020 Abraham Accords. These American-sponsored agreements brought about normalization of diplomatic ties between Israel, the Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco. Sudan is apparently also on its way to finalizing normalization.

Comoros could be next to normalize ties with Israel – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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UAE

UAE budget boosts cybersecurity (Hussein Nagah, Al Monitor)

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced the adoption of cybersecurity standards for government agencies as it revealed the budget for the next five years (2022-2026), which is the largest in the history of the Gulf state.

The announcement was made by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and vice president of the UAE, who stressed that cybersecurity is a sovereign priority, noting that cyberspace needs protection and updates.

UAE budget boosts cybersecurity – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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Iraq

Iraqi election shakes up Shiite political old guard (Akeel Abbas, Al Monitor)

Final results of Iraq’s Oct. 10 elections were announced on Oct. 18. The results are expected to be approved by the federal court in two weeks without a major change.

Shiites have divided into three main groups: Sadrists with 73 seats, Nouri Maliki’s State of Law with 34 seats and the Popular Mobilization Unit’s Fatah with 17 seats. This is in addition to the majority of independents (about 40) who mostly are Shiite.

Iraqi election shakes up Shiite political old guard – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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