Qatar's emir issued a decree on Wednesday replacing the foreign minister and merging some portfolios, the state news agency said, in what was seen as a move to consolidate his power and cut costs after a sharp drop in oil prices.
Arab foreign ministers on Sunday accused Iran of interfering in the affairs of other Middle East states and undermining regional security, as officials met at an emergency Arab League session to discuss escalating tensions in the region.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday he saw a good chance of reaching a final agreement with six world powers on Iran's nuclear programme by a June 30 deadline or a few days later, provided there was political will.
Aziz surrendered in April 2003 to the US invasion force that overthrew Saddam. He was sentenced to death seven years later for the persecution of Islamic parties under Saddam.
He had long complained of ill health during his detent
Qatar’s foreign minister defended on Monday his government's connections with armed militant groups in the Middle East and its involvement in negotiating the release of hostages but denied ever paying ransoms to secure their freedom.
Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb appointed a former ambassador to Washington as foreign minister and a university professor as minister for international cooperation, a cabinet spokesman said on Monday.
Spokesman Hossam El-K
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Wednesday that there can be no role in Syria's transition for President Bashar al-Assad and those whose hands are "stained in blood".
In a speech to an internation
The GCC seeks to consolidate a new concept of regional security emphasising the geopolitical dimension of the region, Bahrain's Foreign Minister said as he delivered a key address at the United Nations (UN) yesterday.
Senior US and European envoys met the foreign minister of Egypt's army-installed government on Saturday in a push to resolve the political crisis brought on by the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi and to head off more bloodshed.
Egypt's new military-backed cabinet made clear on Saturday it wanted to play an assertive role in regional politics, urging Ethiopia to attend talks over a dam on the Nile and stressing it sought change in Syria.