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Gen Naravane is set to hold talks with the military and civilian leadership of both countries(ANI R Raveendran)

A boost for defence ties in West Asia | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 01:13 AM IST
Gen Naravane’s visit could lead to greater military exchanges, including joint exercises and defence cooperation, with a region that occupies a significant space in India’s national security interests
Army Chief Gen MM Naravane.(ANI)
Army Chief Gen MM Naravane.(ANI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Army chief’s visit to Saudi Arabia, UAE signals India’s intention to boost security cooperation, say experts and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 08:59 PM IST
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President Donald Trump has given up on foreign policy except in West Asia(REUTERS)
President Donald Trump has given up on foreign policy except in West Asia(REUTERS)

Donald Trump’s last push in West Asia | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 11:25 PM IST
Mr Trump’s team is tying up the loose ends of what it sees as its great foreign policy moment — getting a slew of Gulf Arab nations to recognise Israel and concretise an anti-Iran coalition
UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, approved federal law decrees to amend personal status, civil transactions, penal code, and criminal procedural laws to enhance the legislative environment.(TWITTER.)
UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, approved federal law decrees to amend personal status, civil transactions, penal code, and criminal procedural laws to enhance the legislative environment.(TWITTER.)

UAE unveils major changes to personal and criminal laws

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2020 11:55 PM IST
Several of the changes will have significant implications for expatriates, as the laws of the country of origin will now apply in matters such as divorces instead of Shariah or Islamic law.
. On Tuesday, Antonio Guterres appealed for a 100-day push by the international community, led by the Security Council, “to make this a reality by the end of the year”.(AP)
. On Tuesday, Antonio Guterres appealed for a 100-day push by the international community, led by the Security Council, “to make this a reality by the end of the year”.(AP)

UN chief to world leaders: We’re facing epochal crisis

United Nations | By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 04:39 AM IST
In his appeal for a global ceasefire, Guterres said ending wars in West Asia and Africa is critical to defeating the virus.
The leaders of Israel, the United States (US) and the UAE hailed the agreement as a “historic diplomatic breakthrough that will advance peace in the Middle East”, “chart a new path”, and “unlock the great potential in the region”.(AFP)
The leaders of Israel, the United States (US) and the UAE hailed the agreement as a “historic diplomatic breakthrough that will advance peace in the Middle East”, “chart a new path”, and “unlock the great potential in the region”.(AFP)

What the Israel-UAE-Bahrain accord means for India and the world

By Ron Malka
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 09:56 PM IST
The challenges we are facing today know no borders, and it is essential that we combine our capabilities for the benefit of all of our citizens. We call on all those following this historic moment to voice their support for the agreement
PM Modi expressed his special thanks to King Salman for the support provided to Indian expatriates by Saudi authorities during the pandemic.(ANI PHOTO.)
PM Modi expressed his special thanks to King Salman for the support provided to Indian expatriates by Saudi authorities during the pandemic.(ANI PHOTO.)

PM Modi, Saudi King discuss global challenges amid Covid-19 pandemic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 11:30 PM IST
The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the state of relations between India and Saudi Arabia and committed themselves to strengthen cooperation in all areas, according to a statement issued after their phone conversation.
A migrant labourer arranges to send money home via a bank in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.(Getty Images)
A migrant labourer arranges to send money home via a bank in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.(Getty Images)

Covid-19 eats into West Asia remittances’ pie

Livmint, New Delhi | By Elizabeth Roche
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 04:08 PM IST
OIL PLUNGE: Slowdown in the Gulf, where nearly 10 million Indians work, threatens to limit funds inflow from the region
As the issue gained prominence, external affairs minister S Jaishankar reached out to many of his counterparts in West Asian countries, especially members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to address the matter and also to discuss the welfare of some 8 million expatriates in the region.
As the issue gained prominence, external affairs minister S Jaishankar reached out to many of his counterparts in West Asian countries, especially members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to address the matter and also to discuss the welfare of some 8 million expatriates in the region.

India describes as ‘propaganda’ posts on ‘targeting of Muslims’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 01:34 AM IST
Over the past few weeks, several commentators from West Asia and a member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates have called out what they said were Islamophobic social media posts by a handful of Indians working in the Middle East.
Pinarayi Vijayan said that seven new Covid-19 cases were reported on Saturday, taking the total count to 457.(PTI)
Pinarayi Vijayan said that seven new Covid-19 cases were reported on Saturday, taking the total count to 457.(PTI)

Centre has promised to bring back stranded expatriates in West Asia: Kerala CM

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 07:37 PM IST
Pinarayi Vijayan said that seven new Covid-19 cases were reported on Saturday, taking the total count to 457. So far, 342 have recovered and discharged from hospitals and another 116 are still undergoing treatment.
It is clear that the pandemic will have an impact on global trade and supply chains, global and local economies, and also on the free movement of people(Bloomberg)
It is clear that the pandemic will have an impact on global trade and supply chains, global and local economies, and also on the free movement of people(Bloomberg)

Coronavirus pandemic has roiled global markets | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2020 06:04 PM IST
This means that there is little chance of the Indian economy recovering by March end
Soleimani’s assassination was a step too far(AP)
Soleimani’s assassination was a step too far(AP)

US actions in West Asia have been destabilising. Russia, China will gain

By Waiel Awwad
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2020 01:08 PM IST
The possibility of a full war has receded but there will be low-intensity conflict. India has a role to play
Russian President Vladimir Putin(Reuters file photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin(Reuters file photo)

India, Russia initiate talks for long-term oil supply

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar & Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2020 07:45 PM IST
The talks on the Russian side are being handled by Rosneft, the largest global public oil and gas corporation, and by India’s petroleum ministry.
Security forces try to open streets while protesters set fire during a demonstration to protest against the Iranian missile strike at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops , in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020(AP)
Security forces try to open streets while protesters set fire during a demonstration to protest against the Iranian missile strike at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops , in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020(AP)

‘Closely monitoring the situation in West Asia’: India on US-Iran standoff

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2020 08:50 PM IST
India has spoken to key stakeholders in the region, including Iran, the UAE, Oman, Qatar and Jordan as well as the US and “exchanged perspectives”, said external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar .
This has also spooked financial markets, with the BSE Sensex falling by 1.9% on Monday(PTI)
This has also spooked financial markets, with the BSE Sensex falling by 1.9% on Monday(PTI)

Economic policymakers must look west

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2020 08:37 PM IST
The turbulence in West Asia can jeopardise the nascent economic recovery
Mourners surround a car carrying the coffin of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, Baghdad, January 4(AFP)
Mourners surround a car carrying the coffin of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, Baghdad, January 4(AFP)

US-Iran tension: India will have to balance its ties with all parties

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2020 07:40 PM IST
India’s economic and strategic interests will take a hit if there is any further instability or tension in the region
Retaliation will probably happen in due course, but with care to avoid pushing Mr Trump’s buttons and focus on signalling Iranian resolve to the region(PTI)
Retaliation will probably happen in due course, but with care to avoid pushing Mr Trump’s buttons and focus on signalling Iranian resolve to the region(PTI)

HT Editorial| The collision in West Asia

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 08:22 PM IST
Both, Iran and the US have crossed redlines. The future is uncertain
The US developed a commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. But it may well get distracted from its strategic goals(REUTERS)
The US developed a commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. But it may well get distracted from its strategic goals(REUTERS)

Opinion| Iran could derail Trump’s Indo-Pacific strategy

By Brahma Chellaney
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 07:16 PM IST
US interventions in West Asia created room for China. Its new rift with Iran can again relieve pressure on China
Soleimani was the Shiite power’s chief conductor in the Syrian civil war, designing a policy of fighting ISIS while expanding Iran’s reach in the vacuum left behind. He also was the architect of Iran’s overwhelming influence in Iraq’s politics(AP)
Soleimani was the Shiite power’s chief conductor in the Syrian civil war, designing a policy of fighting ISIS while expanding Iran’s reach in the vacuum left behind. He also was the architect of Iran’s overwhelming influence in Iraq’s politics(AP)

Opinion| What Soleimani’s death means for Iran, West Asia and the world

By Kabir Taneja
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 09:07 PM IST
With his killing, the US has entered an area of unknowns. Iran cannot be underestimated
U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) 19.2, reinforce the U.S. Embassy Compound in Baghdad, Iraq, January 2, 2020.(via REUTERS)
U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) 19.2, reinforce the U.S. Embassy Compound in Baghdad, Iraq, January 2, 2020.(via REUTERS)

Unrest in West Asia can be a double whammy for the Indian economy | Analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 01:38 PM IST
International crude oil prices could see an increase due to a rise in conflict in the region in case of an armed conflict in West Asia following the killing of a top Iranian commander in a US airstrike on Friday.
This photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike, in Baghdad, early on Friday.(AP Photo)
This photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike, in Baghdad, early on Friday.(AP Photo)

Why US President Donald Trump ordered Qasem Soleimani’s killing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul Laskar
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2020 09:07 PM IST
From India’s perspective, a conflict in West Asia would not only have an impact on energy supplies but it could also affect the fortunes of the nearly eight million Indian expatriates living in the region.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden addresses a gathering during a campaign stop in Exeter, N.H.(AP)
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden addresses a gathering during a campaign stop in Exeter, N.H.(AP)

Won’t mourn Qasem Soleimani’s death, says Biden but warns of retaliation

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 10:14 PM IST
A retaliatory response was expected from Iran, which could potentially plunge West Asia, an area already at the edge, into a military conflict.
Combination of file photos showing (L) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a commander in the Popular Mobilization Forces, attending a funeral procession of Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) members, who were killed by U.S. air strikes in Qaim district, at the Green zone in Baghdad, Iraq December 31, 2019 and (R) Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani standing at the frontline during offensive operations against Islamic State militants in the town of Tal Ksaiba in Salahuddin province.(REUTERS)
Combination of file photos showing (L) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a commander in the Popular Mobilization Forces, attending a funeral procession of Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) members, who were killed by U.S. air strikes in Qaim district, at the Green zone in Baghdad, Iraq December 31, 2019 and (R) Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani standing at the frontline during offensive operations against Islamic State militants in the town of Tal Ksaiba in Salahuddin province.(REUTERS)

Iran’s response holds the key as Qasem Soleimani’s killing shakes West Asia

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 05:15 PM IST
Soleimani was in charge of Iranian Intelligence gathering and covert operations. He was very close to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, and seen as a potential future leader of the country.
Iran’s periodic public protests are no longer middle-class students asking for freedom. They are increasingly led by unemployed working and lower-middle class youth, once the social base of the Islamic revolution(AFP)
Iran’s periodic public protests are no longer middle-class students asking for freedom. They are increasingly led by unemployed working and lower-middle class youth, once the social base of the Islamic revolution(AFP)

Iran must address the emerging discontent | HT editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2019 07:49 PM IST
The regime faces no danger, but it needs to review its domestic and foreign policy
India and Saudi Arabia also took several steps to transform their relations in the energy sector from a buyer-seller one to a strategic partnership(ANI)
India and Saudi Arabia also took several steps to transform their relations in the energy sector from a buyer-seller one to a strategic partnership(ANI)

India’s deepening Saudi engagement | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2019 08:11 PM IST
Riyadh’s tacit support for Delhi’s Kashmir move, and robust energy ties, are positives
Today’s Kurdish tragedy can be expected to be reprised in the coming years(AP)
Today’s Kurdish tragedy can be expected to be reprised in the coming years(AP)

Structural shifts in West Asia | HT editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2019 07:47 PM IST
The fate of the Kurds is a reflection of major changes in the region
According to Kerala police and intelligence officials, the death of Muhasin was communicated to his family on July 23 from an Afghanistan phone number.(PTI Photo)
According to Kerala police and intelligence officials, the death of Muhasin was communicated to his family on July 23 from an Afghanistan phone number.(PTI Photo)

Kerala man killed in drone strike on IS in Afghanistan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2019 08:54 AM IST
According to Kerala police and intelligence officials, the death of Muhasin was communicated to his family on July 23 from an Afghanistan phone number.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Is Kushner the new India czar for Trump administration?

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2019 10:22 AM IST
Jared Kushner will be a key speakers at the annual summit of US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), along with House of the Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The United States and Iran appear to be recalibrating their positions after edging closer to the brink over the past few weeks .(REUTERS)
The United States and Iran appear to be recalibrating their positions after edging closer to the brink over the past few weeks .(REUTERS)

Time to defuse US-Iran tensions

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2019 08:54 AM IST
Countries with a stake in this situation must now do their bit.
It is within you: The Damned in Hell, a section of the Last Judgment fresco cycle by Luca Signorelli (1441-1450-1523) in the San Brizio Chapel in Orvieto, Italy.(De Agostini via Getty Images)
It is within you: The Damned in Hell, a section of the Last Judgment fresco cycle by Luca Signorelli (1441-1450-1523) in the San Brizio Chapel in Orvieto, Italy.(De Agostini via Getty Images)

Review: Tell Her Everything by Mirza Waheed

Hindustan Times | By Saudamini Jain
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2019 03:58 PM IST
In Mirza Waheed’s new novel a physician grapples with dark memories and the guilt that overwhelms him
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