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Saudi Arabia and Russia: Settling old scores in Syria

By Madawi Al-Rasheed LONDON: Defeating Russia in the Arab world was a priority for Saudi Arabia even before it became a fully-fledged commitment in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The current Syrian crisis is perhaps one last opportunity to undermine Russia’s eroded sphere of influence in the region. The Saudis may think that defeating Russia this time …


China sending envoy on Syria to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, France

By AFP BEIJING: China said Friday it is sending an envoy to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and France to explain its position on Syria, after Beijing called for an end to the year-long conflict in the Middle East country. China unveiled a six-point peace plan last Sunday, calling for an immediate end to the bloody violence …


Saudi pushes Iraq ties in anti-Assad move: experts

By Prashant Rao / AFP BAGHDAD: Saudi Arabia’s push to improve ties with Iraq is part of a drive to convince it to abandon the Syrian president, despite the strong influence in Baghdad of Riyadh’s foe Tehran, experts say. In a marked warming, Riyadh has named a non-resident envoy to Iraq and Baghdad sent a security …


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