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Saudi forces have taken control over security in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, Reuters reported Oct. 14, citing sources familiar with the matter. According to the report, responsibility for security in the city was handed over to a Saudi commander last week.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has declared a foreign government responsible for an Oct. 11 attack on the country's Sabiti oil tanker, noting that Tehran would retaliate against the assailants, Reuters reported Oct. 14. Rouhani, however, did not accuse a specific country of committing the attack.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to defuse tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Al-Jazeera reported Oct. 14.
Iran has claimed an incident occurred with one of its oil tankers in the Red Sea, Reuters reported Oct. 11. Officials first hinted that a missile from Saudi Arabia could have hit the vessel, although Tehran since withdrew its initial claims and reports of a fire onboard.
The United Arab Emirates has lifted a three-year-old travel ban barring Emirati citizens from visiting Lebanon, Reuters reported Oct. 7. The decision came during a visit by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to Abu Dhabi to seek economic aid.
With heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf, it may be time for the region's Arab states to recalibrate their security arrangements, and Asian countries -- which are the region's main economic partners -- could play a role.
Saudi Arabia is continuing to prepare its formal initial public offering announcement, which could happen as early as the Future Investment Initiative conference later in October, The Financial Times reported Sept. 30.
Yemen's Houthi rebels have announced the release of 350 prisoners of war, including three Saudi nationals, in accordance with a U.N.-backed agreement signed in December 2018, Al Jazeera reported Sept. 30, citing Houthi-run Al Masirah TV.