Category: Gulf News

India slams OIC, says the Islamic Bloc has no locus standi to comment on India’s internal matters

In a sharp reaction, India today slammed the OIC, an influential grouping of Muslim countries, for making "misleading references" to the Kashmir issue during its conclave, saying the bloc has no locus standi to comment on India's internal matters. A meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Tashkent, in a resolution,…

India and Iran: Changing the Great Game

"The historic pact between India and Iran recently to build Chabahar port in Iran has the potential to alter the dynamics of “The Great Game” for good. The pact, which will kick off a transport-and-trade corridor linking India to Afghanistan via Iran, dramatically adds new players to the game, constructs a compelling economic dimension, and has the potential…

Hawk trainer, joint exercises to enhance defence ties with UAE, Oman

Until recently, the Indian Air Force (IAF) planned for the possibility of United Arab Emirates (UAE) supplying up to a squadron of F-16 fighters to boost the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in an Indo-Pakistan conflict. Now, dramatically signalling the transformed relationship between New Delhi and Abu Dhabi, an IAF contingent returning to India next month…

US Senate passes bill to allow 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia; Obama to veto it

The United States Senate on Tuesday reportedly voted unanimously in favour of a bill that would allow the families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon to sue Saudi Arabia, believed to be involved in the terror plot. The bill has always been opposed by…

PM Modi’s Saudi visit may unnerve Pakistan: US expert

  Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Saudi Arabia could unnerve Pakistan as economic and strategic opportunities are bringing India closer to the oil-rich gulf nation, a top US expert has said. "After years of considering Saudi Arabia as a major ally and economic benefactor, Pakistan may be on the verge of losing its…

Is Israel in Danger of Losing Its Military Edge?

Israel could lose its military edge as neighboring countries continue arms buildups, Israeli Air Force chief Brig.-Gen. Tal Kalman says. Speaking to participants at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies' conference in Tel Aviv, Kalman said the regional arms buildup could undermine Israel's cutting-edge advantage. International military deals are creating an arms…

PM Modi’s Saudi Visit To ‘Win Hearts Of Pakistan’s Allies’

  Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday is part of a broader diplomatic offensive to put pressure on arch rival Pakistan by forging ties with some of Islamabad's closest allies, government officials have said, according to news agency Reuters. The PM is expected to sign trade agreements, including contracts to secure…

Putin Leaves All Options on the Table in Syria

MOSCOW — The first wing of Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers landed in the southern Russian city of Veronezh on Tuesday, just under 24 hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced mission accomplished in Syria. The military had achieved most of its goals, and it was time to pack up. At the airfield, friends and families of Russian aviators…

Saudi Arabia ‘planning NATO-like military alliance of Muslim states’

Saudi Arabia has proposed a "NATO-like" military alliance of Islamic countries to combat terrorism, it has been reported. The proposed alliance would not be against any particular country but would combat terrorism and threats like ISIS, Pakistani news channel Dunya News reported. Pakistan has been entrusted to develop the framework for the proposed military alliance…

Russia pulls out from Syria

  Russia announced last day, that the Russian forces and fighter jets deployed in war-torn Syria, will start pull out's from today. The decision made up by President Putin after considering with the Syrian dictator Assad. Russia deployed its fighter jets, missile systems, and special forces into Syria to safeguard the Assad regime from the…

Think West: Modi’s Visit to Saudi Arabia

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a resounding victory in the Indian general elections in 2014, leaders from around the world rushed to congratulate the new prime minister-elect of the world’s biggest democracy. In the Persian Gulf, however, the reaction was cautious. Egypt and Qatar were initially the only two countries from that region to…

A New Direction for India-Saudi Arabia Ties

On March 8, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir, was in New Delhi to prepare the agenda for an upcoming visit from the Indian prime minister in early April. Narendra Modi will undertake a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia while returning from the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. This will be his…

Iran test-fires 2 missiles capable of reaching Israel: Reports

  Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) reportedly test-fired two ballistic missiles Wednesday, in defiance of the warnings from the United States that warned of new sanctions against the country. Iran claimed that the missiles were capable of reaching Israel. The IRGC test-fired two Qadr missiles "with a range of 2000 km" from northern Iran. This…

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince to visit India next week to boost security ties

Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Abu Dabhi, Crown Prince and UAE Deputy Commander of Armed Forces and chief architect of growing counter-terror partnership with India that has enabled the Gulf nation to deport a number of ISI-backed terror operatives andIslamic State (IS) radicalized youth to Delhi, will be visiting here next week, hoping to…