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Thursday, 21 March 2019

Regional news on 21 March 2019

It may be a relatively slow news day here at home, but there’s plenty happening in regional politics this morning:

  • Is the FLN about to bail on Bouteflika? Key allies of ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika are beginning to distance themselves as protesters continue to demand his resignation, Bloomberg reports.
  • The US wants us all to bury the hatchet with Qatar… US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed the US’ attempts to mediate a truce in the dispute between Qatar and the Arab states during a visit to Kuwait, Reuters reported.
  • …but ain’t nobody listening: Qatar has denounced the UAE’s work-in-progress nuclear plant as a “threat” to regional security and is demanding international ‘action,’ according to a letter seen by Reuters.
  • Is peace brewing in Libya? UN Libya envoy Ghassan Salame announced yesterday a reconciliation meeting between Egypt-backed LNA commander Gen. Khalifa Haftar and Tripoli-based rival Fayez al Sarraj will be held on 14-16 April, Reuters reports.

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