The IMF expects economic growth to reach 4% for the Middle East this year. But that rosy outlook papers over the region's deep economic divides.
Ahead of the release of the declassified U.S. intelligence report, and announcement of any U.S. punitive measures, President Joe Biden spoke to Saudi King Salman on Thursday.
Those who served 14-day quarantine in Dubai were inconvenienced due to fresh travel restrictions issued by the Saudi government.
The visit by the Army chief is seen as a reflection of India's growing strategic ties with the two countries and is expected to further open up new avenues.
Director of WHO's eastern Mediterranean region expressed concern that countries in the area were lowering their guard after tough lockdowns imposed earlier this year.
Several suspected Islamic radicals have been arrested in dozens of raids since the murder of teacher in Paris.
Wang and Javid Zarif also reaffirmed their commitment to Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, according to the Chinese foreign ministry.
Diplomatic efforts to find a lasting solution to the decades-old stalemate have faltered since a precarious ceasefire was agreed in 1994.
Sceptics, including many longtime Mideast observers, analysts, experts and former officials, have expressed doubts about the impact of the deals and lamented that they ignore the Palestinians
Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia, had already dropped a prohibition on Israeli flights using its airspace.
Pompeo to have closed-door meetings in Bahrain, UAE amid push for Israel's recognition in Middle East
The State Department has not offered any word on what Pompeo will bring up during the meeting, though it comes after a US-brokered deal on normalisation of ties between Israel and UAE.
The UN chief said peace in the Middle East was imperative as the region confronts the grave threats of COVID-19 and radicalisation.
The agreement makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state — and the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan — to have full diplomatic ties with Israel.
Pence will arrive in Cairo on January 20 for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, heading the following day to Amman for a one-on-one with King Abdullah II.
Abbas had previously said the United States could no longer play any role in the Middle East peace process after Trump's move.