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Oman allows Israeli planes to use airspace: Netanyahu

Oman will let Israeli planes fly through its airspace, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, in another sign of his country´s efforts toward ties with Arab states despite the conflict with the Palestinians. The announcement follows Netanyahu´s surprise visit to Oman in October. Only two Arab countries -- Jordan and Egypt -- officially recognise Israel. "When I was in Oman I spoke with Sultan Qaboos, who told me El Al would be able to fly over Oman," Netanyahu said. The permission however provides Israel…

Arab states urge U.S. to abandon Jerusalem move

CAIRO: Arab foreign ministers late on Saturday urged the United States to abandon its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying the move would increase violence throughout the region. The announcement by President Donald Trump on Wednesday was a “dangerous violation of international law”, had no legal impact and was “void”, the Arab League said in a statement after a session attended by all its members in Cairo. Trump’s endorsement of Israel’s claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital would reverse…

Islamic group rejects terrorism charge by states boycotting Qatar

DOHA: An influential group of scholars has rejected its inclusion in a terrorism blacklist compiled by four Arab countries boycotting Qatar, the Gulf Arab state where it is based. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain added the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) to the list last week, saying it used "Islamic rhetoric as a cover to facilitate terrorist activities." The group, listed along with another entity and 11 individuals, dismissed the move as unacceptable. "These…

Qatar navigation launches Pakistan service for trade

DUBAI: Major Qatari shipping conglomerate Qatar Navigation (Milaha) is launching a direct service between Qatar and port city of Karachi in Pakistan, the company said on Sunday, as it seeks to counter economic sanctions against Doha by other Arab States. These Arab States include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and transport links with Doha on June 5, ending the use of Dubai’s Jebel Ali port as a trans-shipment centre for goods flowing to and from Qatar. As a result, imports…

Gulf deadline to resolve Qatar rift approaches

DOHA: Qatar faces possible further sanctions by Arab states that have severed ties with Doha over allegations of links to terrorism, as a deadline to accept their demands is expected to expire on Sunday night. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said the demands were made to be rejected, adding that the Arab ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty. But he told reporters in Rome that Doha remained ready to sit down and discuss the grievances…

Niger recalls ambassador to Qatar in solidarity with Arab states

NIAMEY: Niger said on Saturday it had recalled its ambassador to Qatar in solidarity with Arab states that have cut ties with Doha over allegations it sponsors militants and Iran. Some African countries have cautiously come out in support of attempts to isolate Qatar. Read More: Russia calls for dialogue in Qatar crisis Mauritania, an Arab League member, cut ties on Tuesday and central African oil producer Gabon condemned Qatar for failing "on counter-terrorism.". Senegal has said it would recall its ambassador in…

Islamist group rejects UAE terrorism designation

DUBAI: A group of Islamist scholars led by an influential Qatar-based cleric expressed "astonishment" on Monday at being designated a terrorist body by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of several Gulf Arab states that view political Islam as a security threat.