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Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Turkey and the UAE could be mending ties; Saudi digs in heels over Lebanon

The Saudi foreign minister has said the kingdom has no plans to engage with Lebanon’s government until its politicians take action to “liberate Lebanon from the domination of Hezbollah,” as the diplomatic rift between the two countries deepens. Lebanon is facing its worst diplomatic crisis yet with Gulf states, after newly appointed information minister George Kordahi (the former game show host) made critical comments about the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, prompting Riyadh to expel the Lebanese ambassador, recall its own envoy and ban imports from the country.

Are the UAE and Turkey patching things up? Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan will soon be heading to Turkey for the first time in years to hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in efforts to restore ties between the two countries, two Turkish officials told Reuters.

Dubai has started issuing five-year multiple-entry visas to employees of foreign companies operating in the UAE. The policy, announced by Crown Prince Hamdan Bin Mohammed on Twitter, will allow foreign employees not resident in the emirate to easily get in and out of the country for events, conferences and exhibitions.

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