Middle East

China’s Xi Offers Support for Saudi Arabia Amid Regional Uncertainty

BEIJING —  China supports Saudi Arabia’s efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and achieve greater development, President Xi Jinping told Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, at a time of regional tensions between Saudi Arabia, Iran, Lebanon and Yemen. China has traditionally played little role in Middle East conflicts or diplomacy, despite its …

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Africa Politics Creep Into French PM’s Visit to Morocco

RABAT, MOROCCO —  France’s prime minister launched a mission Wednesday to reinvigorate trade and cooperation with Morocco, which has steadily positioned itself as a regional economic powerhouse focused on Africa instead of its former colonial ruler. French government ministers, state secretaries and a large group of business leaders accompanied Prime …

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Lebanese PM Invited to France Amid Resignation Crisis

BEIRUT —  French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday invited Saad Hariri and his family to come to France after the Lebanese prime minister’s surprise resignation earlier this month, amid allegations that Saudi Arabia is holding him prisoner. Hariri’s older brother meanwhile broke his silence over the premier’s shock resignation announced …

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Lebanon’s President Accuses Saudi Arabia of Aggression

Lebanon’s president has sharply upped his rhetoric against Saudi Arabia in the war of words that’s been waged between the two countries since the shock resignation earlier this month of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The Lebanese prime minister announced his resignation abruptly while visiting the Gulf kingdom, his longtime …

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