Tag Archives | Saudi Arabia

Iran, Iraq in Joint Naval Exercises

By Sara al-Qaher for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran, Iraq seek to send a message with joint naval exercises In conjunction with the military maneuvers of the Iranian-backed Shiite Popular Mobilization Units along the Iraqi border with Saudi Arabia on Jan. 4, former Iraqi […]

OPEC Deal seen as Victory over Saudi Arabia

By Changiz M. Varzi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian media praises OPEC deal as victory over Saudi Arabia After seven months of negotiations, OPEC agreed to cut production in order to boost the price of oil, while exempting Iran, Nigeria and Libya […]

How Trump can deal with Iran-GCC Conflict

While many aspects of President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy beliefs were murky on the campaign trail, one overarching theme stood out: that the United States has done far too much to underwrite free-riding allies the world over. “Our allies must contribute toward the financial, political and human costs of our tremendous security burden,” Trump declared […]

Saudi Arabia losing ground to Iran

By Bruce Riedel, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Saudi Arabia is losing influence throughout the Fertile Crescent to its rival Iran. While Riyadh’s position versus Tehran has been in decline for some time, the trend is accelerating. Saudi setbacks are partly due to […]

Egypt Denies Oil Minister’s Plan to Visit Tehran

An Egyptian oil ministry spokesman on Monday dismissed a recent report that the North African country’s oil minister plans to visit Iran to sign an oil deal with Tehran. Hamdy Abdel Aziz denied the report, saying that Cairo has contracted sufficient gasoline and diesel shipments to meet domestic demand for November, Egyptian media reported. It […]

Iran’s new challenge: The Islamic State in Persia?

By Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. When Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced on June 29, 2014, his self-styled caliphate, its borders were only about 20 miles from those of Iran. IS-controlled territory extended to the Iraqi border […]

How Syria is pushing Egypt and Iran closer

By Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Once again, Egypt and Iran appear to be heading toward rapprochement, with increasingly converging views on Syria bringing the two regional powers closer together. Tehran and Cairo have long followed a pattern of enthusiasm about […]

Is Turkey ditching Saudi Arabia for Iran?

By Saeid Jafari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. In recent years, tension between Iran and Turkey has been rooted in differences over regional developments rather than bilateral disagreements. Indeed, if one reviews the exchanges between the two neighbors during the past two […]

Is Iran shifting its Policy toward Saudi Arabia?

By Hassan Ahmadian, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Saudi rulers’ refusal to offer a simple verbal apology was indicative of their ultimate impudence and shamelessness,” said Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Sept. 5, addressing the families of the 464 Iranian […]

Will Iranian Pilgrims forsake Mecca for Karbala?

By Ali Mamouri for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News.  Saudi newspapers reported Sept. 15 that Shiites are expected to replace their pilgrimage to Mecca with religious visits to Iraq’s Karbala (pictured) instead. According Al-Riyadh newspaper, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah […]