Sunday, 03 March 2024

South Asian Update
South Asian Update
Independent Palestinian state ‘prerequisite’ before normalization with Israel: Saudi 

Independent Palestinian state ‘prerequisite’ before normalization with Israel: Saudi 

Saudi Arabia`s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan asserted on Saturday that the establishment of an independent Palestinian state is a fundamental prerequisite for establishing diplomatic ties with Israel.

No Israel ties without independent Palestinian state: Saudi Arabia 

No Israel ties without independent Palestinian state: Saudi Arabia 

Saudi Arabia has informed the United States that it will not establish diplomatic ties with Israel until the recognition of an independent Palestinian state, according to a statement from the Saudi foreign ministry on Wednesday. 

Broad framework for a potential hostage release and ceasefire in Gaza is being presented to Hamas

Broad framework for a potential hostage release and ceasefire in Gaza is being presented to Hamas

A broad framework for a hostage release and potential ceasefire in the war between Hamas and Israel was agreed to among negotiators in Paris this weekend, according to an official familiar with the talks.

Saudi Arabia could recognise Israel if Palestinian issue resolved

Saudi Arabia could recognise Israel if Palestinian issue resolved

Saudi Arabia`s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan expressed on Tuesday that the kingdom could consider recognizing Israel under specific conditions. 

Iran launches ballistic missile strikes in Iraq and Syria
Iran launches ballistic missile strikes in Iraq and Syria

Iran`s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched ballistic missiles targeting what they claimed were Israeli `spy headquarters` in Iraq`s Kurdistan region and locations linked to ISIS in northern Syria. 

Saudi Crown Prince urges stop to Israel war on Gaza in talks with Blinken
Saudi Crown Prince urges stop to Israel war on Gaza in talks with Blinken

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman emphasized the imperative of halting Israel`s conflict in Gaza during discussions with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday.

UN top court to hear genocide case against Israel next week

UN top court to hear genocide case against Israel next week

The UN`s top court will hear submissions next week from South Africa and Israel after Pretoria opened a case for what it called Israel`s `genocidal` acts in Gaza.

It will be ‘very sad’ Christmas this year in Bethlehem

It will be ‘very sad’ Christmas this year in Bethlehem

A Palestinian priest said that it will be a `very sad` Christmas this year, as 3% of the Christian community in the Gaza Strip has been killed in the ongoing Israeli attacks on the besieged Palestinian enclave since 7 October. 

Nothing can hinder development of Russian-Saudi relations: Putin

Nothing can hinder development of Russian-Saudi relations: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed confidence in the unimpeded progress of relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia during a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. 

Putin to visit Saudi, UAE with Israel-Hamas war on agenda

Putin to visit Saudi, UAE with Israel-Hamas war on agenda

In a bid to fortify Russia`s presence in the Middle East, President Vladimir Putin is set to embark on visits to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia this week, followed by hosting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Moscow the subsequent day.

US CENTCOM intercepts Iranian drone in Arabian Gulf

US CENTCOM intercepts Iranian drone in Arabian Gulf

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) made an announcement on Saturday regarding the interception of an Iranian drone in the vicinity of the Dwight D Eisenhower carrier in the Arabian Gulf.

Israel and Hamas agree to extend temporary Gaza truce

Israel and Hamas agree to extend temporary Gaza truce

Israel and Hamas struck a last-minute agreement on Thursday to extend their 6-day ceasefire by at least one more day to allow negotiators to keep working on deals to swap hostages held in Gaza strip for Palestinian prisoners.

Israel releases 39 Palestinian prisoners as Hamas frees 17 hostages 

Israel releases 39 Palestinian prisoners as Hamas frees 17 hostages 

Israel announced early on Sunday that they had released 39 Palestinian prisoners after Palestinian military organization Hamas freed 13 Israelis and four Thai nationals in the latest stage of a four-day ceasefire. 

Israel-Hamas agree deal for release of Gaza hostages, truce

Israel-Hamas agree deal for release of Gaza hostages, truce

Israel and Hamas have reached an agreement for a temporary cessation of hostilities to facilitate the release of 50 hostages held in Gaza. In return, Israel will release 150 Palestinian prisoners held in its jails, alongside allowing humanitarian aid into the besieged enclave.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels seize Israeli cargo ship in Red Sea 

Yemen’s Houthi rebels seize Israeli cargo ship in Red Sea 

Reports surfaced indicating that Yemen`s Houthi rebels have seized control of a cargo vessel in the southern Red Sea and directed it towards a Yemeni port.

Gaza death toll reaches 11,320 amid Israeli attacks, including 4,650 children

Gaza death toll reaches 11,320 amid Israeli attacks, including 4,650 children

The Palestinian death toll from an ongoing Israeli onslaught in the Gaza Strip has surged to 11,320 people, the government media office said on Tuesday.