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Why do KSA and UAE put billions of reserve money into Pakistan's bank but China doesn't?

Recently, the KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) agreed to inject $3 billion into Pakistan's state bank. This is the second time KSA is doing so. In the past, the UAE (United Arab Emirates) also did the ...
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Why is the media concerned about the sharia and the treatment of women in Afghanistan, but not in Saudi Arabia?

The media and Western leaders are talking a lot about the treatment of the women in Afghanistan [1, 2, 3] and the country's move towards the Sharia law [4]. They are described as issues raising ...
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What's the public opinion in the US and the UK on selling weapons to Saudi-Arabia?

The US and the UK are major weapon suppliers to Saudi-Arabia. We see that these weapons are used to kill innocent people in Yemen (and maybe in other countries by Al-Qaeda). But as Philipp's answer ...
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What are the differences between Saudi's new heir Mohammad bin Salman (King's son) and previous heir Muhammad bin Nayef?

The news from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is that the King replaced Muhammad bin Nayef as Crown prince (heir) with his son Mohammad bin Salman. What are the main differences between the old and new heirs,...
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Why is Lindsey Graham so acerbic against Mohammed bin Salman?

Graham said that MBS (the Crown Prince) "has to go" and and called him "crazy" and "dangerous". It looks like Graham, although a Republican, is strongly against the White House' position on this, ...
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How is the personal relationship between Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman?

Putin is known for being fairly able to use his personal charm in some political relations, e.g. with Berlusconi which some media described as a "bromance". What is meant by this term in ...
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Has the Saudi purchase of Pantsir S1M (technology) from Russia made any progress?

It's been mentioned in an article last year that the Saudis were negotiating buying a short-range anti-aircraft system from Russia, supposedly to bolster their anti-drone defense, after the Houthi ...
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Biden's stance on Saudi Arabia's human right issues

In 2021, Saudi Arabia announced that Mustafa al-Darwish had been executed. He was arrested in 2015, and many of the offenses he was charged with occurred when he was 17 years old; see here and here. ...
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Does Iran or Saudi Arabia have more regional influence in the Middle East?

I have read about the Iran-Saudi Arabia proxy conflict and I would like to know who has more regional influence in the Middle East in terms of political and cultural influence, Iran or Saudi Arabia?
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Is there a known/stated reason why Saudi Arabia did not declare itself a Caliphate?

Their closest political competitors that the Saud dynasty defeated in the 1924-25 war did claim the title of "Sharifian Caliphate" for themselves. Although Saudi Arabia is an absolute ...
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How much influence does Saudi Arabia have over Nigeria?

I read this article that says that the country of Saudi Arabia has some influence over Nigeria to the point where Nigeria may be on their side in the current Iran-Saudi Arabia proxy conflict. This ...
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Why do Iran and Saudi Arabia share the same "age of majority"?

According to Wikipedia, backed by a couple of sources, Iran and Saudi Arabia share the same age of majority: 8 for girls, 14 for boys. Now, according to the sources, this is due to Sharia law. However,...
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Were there any sanctions for the Khashoggi assassination?

In 2018, opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally assassinated by Saudi Arabian agents. Were there any sanctions for that act?
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Why did Saudi-Arabia not launch its own nuclear program in response to Iran’s? [duplicate]

Saudi and Iran have long fought each other through proxy wars throughout the Middle East. However when Iran started its nuclear program, how come Saudi didn’t do it in response?
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Who supplies Saudi Arabia with weapons?

More than 140 people were killed and over 525 wounded on Saturday, by a Saudi Arabian airstrike on a funeral. (See nytimes, rt, theguardian, and foxnews.) The questions are: Who supplies Saudi ...
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Has capital punishment like beheading in Saudi Arabia been any impact on the overall violent crimes' statistics? [closed]

Saudi Arabia and some other countries have "beheading" as the capital punishments. Has capital punishment like beheading in Saudi Arabia been any impact on the overall violent crimes' ...
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In what way did Trump claim to have saved bin Salman from Congress?

President Trump recently said that he saved Mohamed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, from Congress after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi (a Saudi author, dissident, and reporter) by Saudi ...
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Are GCC countries dependent on India in any way?

In the past, India was the largest source of revenue in Gulf countries in the form of pilgrimage. When oil was discovered, they turned the table. Millions of Indians migrated to GCC countries, and ...
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Why are Iran and Pakistan members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)?

Although, OIC's web-site says: The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensuring to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting ...
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Why is Saudi Arabia reluctant to convene an FM-level meeting in OIC?

Saudi reluctant to accept Pakistan's request for immediate OIC meeting on Kashmir Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are at odds with each other as to the convening of an FM-level meeting regarding human ...
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Why does the U.S. still consider Iran an enemy and not a potential partner?

As an American citizen, I'm well aware of the bad blood between the U.S. and Iran, dating back to the U.S. support of the the Shah Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi, the Iranian Revolution, and the Iranian ...
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What steps has Saudi Arabia taken to diversify its economy?

It is now almost four years since then Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced his "Saudi Vision 2030" plan, a key theme of which was to provide the country with a "thriving economy" by "...
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Why has Russia declined OPEC's request to cut oil production?

On Friday, Russia declined to participate in a plan devised by the Saudi-led Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut oil production levels, in order to keep oil prices steady ...
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What are the details of Saudi Arabia's supposed plans to stop funding foreign mosques?

In January, Middle East Monitor reported that Saudi Arabia was to stop funding mosques in foreign countries. They point to an unspecified article on the Arabi21.com website, which I believe refers to ...
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Saudis vs Russia on oil: Saudis wanted lower production, but are now doing the opposite. What's going on? [duplicate]

From what I understand the Saudis wanted to reduce oil production and increase price, and Russia did not. So, to punish Russia, they are increasing production and reducing the price. This strikes me ...
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How did Wahhabism come into power as an influential movement in Islam?

Why does it have so many followers, and how does it contrast with other versions of Islam? How has it influenced the politics of Islamic (and non-Islamic) nations?
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Why don't some Muslim countries need Saudi support while some other Muslim countries do?

Previously, we saw that Egypt supported Saudi Arabia as opposed to Turkey when Saudi Arabia promised to build a bridge over the Red Sea. In the case of the recent summit in Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia's ...
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Is there a more recent estimate on the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia?

According to Wikipedia As of September 2016, the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia is estimated to be 500,000 and consists mainly of temporary foreign workers. According to the United Nations High ...
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Have there been any prior cases of US social media employees charged with spying for (or interfering on behalf of) a foreign power?

NBC reports that two Twitter employees have been charged in the Northern District of California for spying for the Saudis. Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. ...
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Why would a country grant citizenship to a robot?

Recently Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a very advanced robot: A humanoid robot took the stage at the Future Investment Initiative yesterday and had an amusing exchange with the host to the ...
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Does Al Arabiya have a presence in the US? And if so, was there any effort to list them a a foreign agent?

Related to my question on Al Jazeera, does its UAE-based competitor Al Arabiya have a presence in the US? And if it does, have there been any efforts, e.g. Congressional opinions on having them ...
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Was there any outcry or diplomatic protest that Turkey bugged the Saudi consulate?

Of course the murder of Khashoggi eclipsed the circumstances how Turkey proved it happened. But were there any protests or concerns expressed at how Turkey treats the foreign missions in its country, ...
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Did the now closed pro-Saudi think tank Arabia Foundation register as a foreign agent?

The Washington-based pro-Saudi Arabia Foundation think tank closed in the aftermath of the Khashoggi murder. I'm curious however: was the Foundation required to list itself as a foreign agent under ...
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Does Secretary of State's statement mean anything?

Since the United States is probably not going to take any military action and will at the most impose sanctions on Iran, does Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement calling the strike by the ...
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Are Saudi Arabia's air defences actually working? [closed]

Saudi Arabia has one of the biggest military budgets in the world. State purchased huge amount of western weapon systems, including the most advanced of them - US Patriot systems. It is even ...
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Does Saudi Arabia support Baathist resistance in Iraq?

Does Saudi Arabia support Baathist resistance in Iraq, currently led by Ad-Douri? Do they want to install a similar regime as in Egypt to counter the Qatari influence?
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What is the motivation behind Saudi and the UAE's spending on arms?

In terms of money spent, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the world's 2nd and 3rd top buyers of weapons, respectively. The top buyer India's spending seems justified given India's size and rivalry with ...
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Is it possible for Saudi Arabia to run for a permanent seat in the UNSC?

The proposed reform of UNSC suggests that potential new candidates are Germany, Japan, India, and Brazil. Does Saudi Arabia qualify for this position under any criterion?
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Saudi nuclear reactor "identified" in satellite images

There is a recent spate of news articles, for example, by CBC.ca: Saudi Arabia is about a year away from completing the building of its first nuclear reactor, according to Google satellite images ...
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Is there a correlation between US oil imports and the US-Saudi Arabia arms deal?

What I have read here suggests that the US and Saudi Arabia are linked by trade (oil for arms and vice versa). Here is a quotation from the article. Oil has also linked the two countries since ...
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Why is Saudi Arabia extending US$5.5 billion to Pakistan?

Saudi Arabia comes to Pakistan’s rescue with $1 billion assistance Saudi-backed bank to grant loan to Pakistan KSA interested in heavy investment in Pakistan What is Saudi Arabia's motivation to ...
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Why would US NOT sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

We have a question about motivating western countries to start sanctions against Saudi Arabia. It is rather simple question - murdering and torture in embassy are hard things to explain And what is ...
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Trump administration and the war in Yemen

What is the Trump administration’s stance on Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen? Does it differ from that of the previous administration?
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US relationship with Saudi Arabia

How does the US justify its relationship with Saudi Arabia when half its population are in essence property i.e. slaves (women). Besides the oil, and if that is all how do we in the US reconcile our ...
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Can Western countries impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia in a similar way to those imposed to Russia?

A local journalist argued some time after murdering of Jamal Khashoggi something like the following (approximately from the memory, I cannot find the source now): I do not mind paying more for the ...
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What options does the US have in response to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

The explanation by the Saudi's have been ever changing. First it was a flat denial of his death, now they've acknowledged it once video evidence was presented the the Turkish media. Saudi Arabia ...
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Does Turkey have an extradition treaty with Saudi Arabia?

Jamal Khashoggi's murder happened in the Saudi Arabia embassy in Turkey. President Erdogan wants the 15 men suspects to be tried in Turkey. Is that possible?
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Why would a Western country sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

Suppose, hypothetically, it is determined that the Saudi Arabian government murdered Jamal Khashoggi over his opposition to Prince Mohammed bin Salman. I can understand why this would be an unethical ...
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Are there political reasons why Turkey would want to catch Saudi Arabian agents committing a crime?

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Turkish officials allege that Saudi agents killed Khashoggi inside the consulate, and have ...
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Yemen - why isn't the West distancing itself from the blockade?

This question really isn't about the airstrikes and civilian casualties. Nor it is about the arms sales to Saudi Arabia. These are real concerns, but similar to those found in many other conflicts. ...