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Kuwait- Gulf region witnesses many developments in '17

(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Gulf region witnesses many developments in '17

KUWAIT, Dec 27 (KUNA) -- The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Arabian Gulf region witnessed many events in 2017 chifly Kuwait's hosting of the 38th GCC summit, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's proposal to designate a committee to be tasked with amending the GCC system's statute for the sake of finding an appropriate mechanism for resolving disputes in order to confront regional and international challenges.
Among the most significant GCC events was His Highness the Amir's initiative to resolve the Gulf crisis following anouncement of Saudi Arabia, bahrain, the UAE and Egypt to cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar.
Following are major events that took place in the region:
January 1: Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior identifies abductors of Qatif judge as Abdullah Al-Darwish, Mazen Al-Quba and Mustafa Al-Sahwan.
January 1: Oman announces state budget deficit for 2017 has swelled to 3.3 million Riyals.
January 10: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz awarded prestigious Islamic prize.
January 10: Nine people killed, 16 wounded, including UAE envoy, in attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
January 11: UAE says it lost five of its diplomats in Kandahar attack.
January 17: Saudi Arabia captures Ali Al-Faraj, wanted for a number of terrorist attacks.
January 24: Saudi authorities identify suicide bombers in Jeddah as Khaled Al-Sardani and Nadi Al-Mithyai.
January 25: GCC countries conclude their meetings in Riyadh after reviewing the outcome of the GCC summit hosted in Bahrain with participation from British Prime Minister Theresa May, her first.
January 25: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz launches new fleet of military aircaraft.
January 29: Bahraini authorities announce that military officers were killed by gunfire west of the capital Manama.
January 30: Saudi frigate comes under attack by Houthi suicide squads in Yemen.
February 1: Abu Dhabi court jails three people convicted of links to terrorist groups.
February 2: A Saudi soldier is killed by cross-border gunfire from Yemen.
February 2: UAE summons Iranian attache over accusations that Tehran supports rebels in Yemen.
February 7: Saudi authorities arrest a man who attempted to set himself ablaze in Makkah.
February 8: Bahraini capital Manama named "Capital of Arab Women 2017."
February 9: Bahraini authorities foil "terrorist" plot in the village of Jau.
February 10: CIA awards Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef medal for anti-terror efforts.
February 14: Scores wounded in "terrorist" attack in Bahraini village of Sitra.
February 15: Saudi military intercepts ballistic missile fired from Yemen.
February 15: UAE mourns death of ambassador to Afghanistan Juma Al-Kaabi, killed in a blast in Kandahar.
February 17: Heavy deluge causes train crash in Riyadh.
February 20: UAE and Russia sign military deal to boost cooperation.
February 21: Bahrain arrests 21 people wanted for "terrorist" crimes.
February 23: Arms deals worth over 19 billion dirhams struck at IDEX defense expo in Abu Dhabi.
March 4: Bahrain busts major "terror cell" comprising 54 people.
March 8: Unknown assailants kill a Saudi police officer in eastern Qatif city.
March 16: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz agree to deepen bilateral ties.
March 16: UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan renames two eastern cities.
March 22: E-government ministerial meeting for the GCC convenes in Manama, approving five joint electronic services for GCC countries and citizens.
March 23: Bahraini court hands death sentences to three convicts, while 14 others are put behind bars.
March 27: UAE grants Interpol 197 million dirhams to prop up anti-terrorism efforts.
March 29: UN ranks Saudi Arabia second Arab nation and 38th worldwide in terms of human development.
April 3: Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa approves constitutional amendments to try civilians in the military court.
April 16: A Saudi soldier killed and three others were injured in landmine explosion on the Saudi border with Yemen.
April 18: The Coalition Forces Command in Support of Yemen Legitimate Government announces the killing of 12 Saudi soldiers in helicopter crash in Yemen.
April 21: Qatar announces that 26 Qatari hunters kidnapped in Iraq freed after 16 months in captivity.
April 29: Qatar Red Crescent announces death of worker when the car he was in was hit by a military jet in northern Syria.
May 2: The United Arab Emirates and China pledge to advance military cooperation.
May 2: General Command of UAE Armed Forces announces martyrdom of Emirati soldier Hassan Abdullah Al Bishr while serving in the Saudi-led Arab coalition's Operation Restoring Hope in Yemen.
May 11: The US state department approved a possible sale to the UAE of 160 missiles for about USD two billion.
May 16: Saudi ministry of interior announces the killing of a Saudi officer working for Saudi's emergency services after an RPG attack in restive Qatif neighborhood.
May 17: World Health Organization confirms 11,000 suspected Cholera cases in 18 governorates in Yemen from 27 April to 14 May, 2017.
May 20: Saudi Arabia and the US cement partnership by signing agreements worth USD 280 billion.
May 21: King Salman and US President Donald Trump inaugurated a Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology (GCCEI).
May 23: The General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announces the implementation of the GCC Unified VAT, Selective Excise Taxation Agreements.
May 23: Bahrain's Interior Ministry arrests 286 wanted persons who were convicted on serious terror charges.
May 23: Bahraini police arrests 50 suspects including fugitive terrorists from Jau prison.
May 24: Bahraini Interior Ministry announces the killing of five civilians and wounding 19 security officers in operations took place in Diraz area north Manama.
May 25: UAE and Turkey sign in Istanbul a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the defense industry.
June 2: Saudi Interior Ministry announces death of two terrorists in Qatif Governorate, eastern Saudi Arabia, after their vehicle caught fire and exploded.
June 4: Bahrain's Ministry of Information Affairs bars Al-Wasat newspaper for violating the law and publishing what affects Bahrain's relations with other countries.

June 5: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt sever their diplomatic relations with Qatar, closing their land, maritime and air borders, preventing their citizens from travelling to the Gulf country and preventing Qataris from travel to their own territories.

June 5: The Saudi-led Arab coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen end Qatar's participation in the military campaign.
June 5: Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information shut down the offices of Qatari news channel, Al-Jazeera, and withdraw its operating license in the kingdom.
June 7: The UAE's public prosecutor issues decision to incriminate sympathizers with Qatar or those who reject the UAE's severing of ties with Doha.
June 8: The Bahraini government follows the UAE's decision to incriminate Qatari sympathizers or those rejecting its policy towards the neighbouring Gulf country.
June 8: Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt place 59 Qatari-linked individuals and entities on their terrorism list.
June 8: Qatar's Foreign Minister says that Turkish military presence in Qatar is to secure the region, and that Iran will allocate three of its ports for the import and export of goods to Doha.
June 11: Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announce exceptions on humanitarian grounds for exchanged visits of extended families from and to Qatar.
June 12: Saudi Interior Ministry announces the death of a police officer and the injury of two of his colleagues in Qatif governorate, while a landmine explosion kills a border guard in Jazan, south of the country.
June 13: Qatar Petroleum and Shell Gas and Power Developments sign LNG marine fueling venture.
June 15: The Command of Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen announces attack on an Emirati ship by guided missile upon its departure from the Yemeni port of Mukha, resulted in the injury of one member of its crew.
June 18: Bahrain's interior ministry announces martyrdom of a policeman in a blast in Diraz area.
June 19: Saudi Arabia detains three members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards in a boat loaded with explosives toward a Saudi offshore MarJanuary oil field.
June 20: Saudi Arabia and Iraq agree on developing strategic ties to combat terrorism.
June 21: Saudi Arabia's King Salman relieved Prince Mohammad bin Nayef of all his duties and appointed Prince Mohammad Bin Salman as Crown Prince and deputy prime minister.
June 23: Qatar announces it has receives a list of demands from the three Gulf countries plus Egypt, it is involved in a dispute with. Doha also thanks Kuwait for its mediation of the feud.
June 29: Bahraini interior ministry announces that security forces arrested a terror cell affiliated with Al-Ashtar Brigades (AAB), a Bahrain-based terrorist organization.
July 3: The three Gulf countries plus Egypt agree to His Highness the Amir of Kuwait's 48-hour grace period extension request for Qatar's response to their demands.
July 4: One Saudi policeman is killed and three others are injured in a terrorist attack in Al-Qatif governorate, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior announces.
July 5: Oman invests USD 1.75 billion to build an oil storage facility in its port town of Duqm with a capacity of around 26 million barrels in its initial phase.
July 6: The three Gulf countries plus Egypt regard their demands to Qatar void as Doha fails to respond to the set of demands at the end of a grace period, underlining they would take retaliatory political, economic and legal measures in response when they see fit.
July 6: One Saudi policeman is killed and six more are injured in another terrorist attack in Al-Qatif, Saudi Arabia says.
July 10: Bahrain arrests one of the members of a terrorist cell and identifies the group's remaining members involved in an bomb attack on the village of Diraz.
July 11: Saudi Arabia hands out the death penalty to four people convicted of carrying out terrorist attacks in its Eastern Province.
July 11: Qatar signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the US for cooperation on tackling terrorism funding.
July 13: Saudi Arabia's former Minister of Defence and Aviation Prince Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud passes away.
July 14: The Gulf Cooperation Council and Europe's police agency, Europol, sign a letter of intent for future cooperation.
July 14: One Saudi soldier is killed and another is injured as gunmen attack a border security checkpoint in the Eastern Province of Al-Qatif, authorities say.
July 19: Bahraini authorities arrest four people for forming the so-called Al-Manama Human Rights Observatory.
July 20: Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud forms, upon royal decree, a new security body called the Presidency of State Security, which brings together the roles of counterterrorism and domestic intelligence and answers directly to the Saudi Cabinet. Intelligence chief Abdulaziz Al-Howairini is chosen to head the body.
July 20: The Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad issues decree to amend the state anti-terrorism law.
July 21: Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry announce it has killed three individuals on its wanted list in the eastern province of Al-Qatif.
July 23: A Saudi soldier is killed in a landmine explosion at a border post in the southern province of Al-Aseer.
July 24: Qatar Central Securities Depository increases foreign investor ownership of Vodafone Qatar to 49 percent.
July 29: Yemen's port of Al-Makha is attacked by Houthi militias, through a remote-controlled boat that is laden with explosives, Saudi-led Operation Revival of Hope in Yemen says.
July 30: A Saudi policeman is killed and six others are injured as their patrol vehicle suffers a terrorism attack in Al-Qatif.
July 30: On behalf of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation says that the four countries will allow Qatari aviation companies to use their airspace in emergency situations.
July 30: Saudi Arabia's King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre signs USD 33 million to fund anti-cholera project in Yemen with the UN children's agency, UNICEF.(more).

July 31: Qatar makes official complaint at the World Trade Organisation against the commercial blockade it received from several countries, who are given 60 days to resolve their dispute.
August 9: Qatar waives travel permits and fees for visitors from 80 countries.
August 11: The UAE Armed Forces announce that four of its troops die in a helicopter crash due to a technical error in Yemen's southern Shabwah governorate.
August 16: Saudi Arabia allow Qatari nationals entry to perform Islamic Hajj rituals under the orders of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
August 17: Qatar's Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs welcome Saudi Arabia's decision to grant Qataris the opportunity to perform Hajj pilgrimage.
August 22: Voltamp Oman, a manufacturer of transformers and switchgears, signs two contracts worth a total USD 88 million with Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation, Kahramaa, to supply transformers for an electric distribution grid in Qatar.
August 22: Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General Abdullatif Al-Zayani and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim sign a cooperation agreement in Riyadh for four environmental projects.
August 24: Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour reinstates national investigative committee into human rights allegations in Yemen.
August 28: Senior defence officials of Oman and Britain sign a memorandum of understanding in Muscat for cooperation in the military field.
August 30: The foreign ministers of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, and Russia, Sergei Lavrov, agree to expand coordination along the lines of oil and energy.
September 5: Saudi Arabia's national football team qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, finishing second in their group after a 1-0 victory over Japan.
September 5: Qatar's Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani inaugurates Hamad Port, located south of Doha in the Umm Al-Houl area. The new port covers a 28.5 sq/km area with a total cost of USD 7.4 billion.
September 6: Mohammad Al-Sheikh is relieved of his post as Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority president and is replaced by Turki Al-Sheikh.
September 9: The US approves a USD 3.8 billion arms sale to Bahrain, including F-16 fighter jets, upgrades, missiles and patrol boats.
September 11: The UAE military announces the death of a pilot, serving as part of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, who died after his jet crashed due to a technical error.
September 12: Bahrain's King Hamad bin Essa Al-Khalifa appoints Sheikh Talal bin Mohammad Al-Khalifa deputy interior minister.
September 14: The Saudi-led Coalition Supporting Yemen's Legitimacy says that a Saudi pilot dies as his jet crashes due to a technical error.
September 16: Dubai announces a USD 3.8 billion solar power project, regarded the largest in the world, with the ability to produce 700 megawatts.
September 17: Qatar announces the launch of two new maritime lines linking Hamad Port with ports in Shanghai and the Mediterranean.
September 17: Qatar's State Minister of Defence Khaled Al-Atiyyah and British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon sign a letter of intent for further military cooperation.
September 18: The United Arab Emirates launches the Arab e-education project.
September 19: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prince Mohammad bin Salman and British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon sign a framework agreement for military and security cooperation between the two governments.
September 25: Qatari energy firm, RasGas sign a 15-year agreement to sell liquefied natural gas to Bangladesh's state oil company, Petrobangla.
September 25: Saudi Arabia hires several international and local banks to arrange a global investor call ahead of a potential international bond issuance.
September 26: The UAE announces a project to build Mars Scientific City, which aims to provide conditions similar to life on Mars.
September 26: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud issues decree allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia.
September 27: Abu Dhabi's official carrier, Etihad Airways, says one of its pilots dies from a severe health condition on board a shipping services flight bound for Abu Dhabi from Amsterdam.
September 28: State carrier, Qatar Airways, cancels its flights to northern Iraq in response to a request by Iraq's civil aviation body.
September 29: The UAE announces that Dubai is set to host the 71st International Astronautical Congress in 2020 after winning its bid for the event.
October 1: Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz inaugurates the new Taif projects, including an airport, Souq Okaz City, the oasis of technology, a residential suburb, the industrial city and the university city.
October 2: Five Bahraini policemen injured in a terrorist blast in Al-Badia street in Manama.
October 3: Saudi Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, governor of Makkah, signs a SR 3.2 billion-contract to import, operate and maintain Makkah Public Transportation Program (MPTP) buses with Saudi-Spanish consortium at a total cost of SR 3.2 billion.
October 3: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz issues royal decrees replacing some ministers and top state officials and establishing a national development fund.
October 4: Saudi King King Salman bin Abdulaziz starts an official visit to Russia to discuss developing bilateral cooperation.
October 5: Saudi police bust a terrorist cell linked to the so-called Islamic State in Riyadh.(more).

October 5: The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation signs an agreement with the UNICEF on cooperation in the integrated life-saving and early recovery interventions in support of affected women and children in Yemen.
October 5: Saudi Arabia and Russia ink several commercial, investment and economic agreements at the conclusion of the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz visit to Moscow.
October 7: Two Saudi policemen were killed in an attack on a Royal Guard checkpoint in the coastal city of Jeddah.
October 7: The Russian Direct Investment Fund announces hammering out a USD 2.1 billion-worth investment agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
October 9: The Public Investment Fund (PIF) unveils the establishment of "the Fund of Funds", a new investment vehicle designed to provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
October 10: Yemeni national army launches broad offensive to liberate several sites north of Saada governorate from Houthi militias.
October 12: The UAE terminates mission of its non-resident ambassador to the Republic of North Korea and North Korea's non-resident ambassador to the UAE.
October 15: Saudi Justice Minister Waleed Al-Samani announces the launching of commercial courts in the Kingdom.
October 15: Qatar says it will bankroll the operational budget of the Global Dryland Alliance (GDA) for two years and also host its headquarters in Doha.
October 16: The United Nations General Assembly re-elects Qatar to the United Nations Human Rights Council for a fourth round of three-year term for 2018-20.
October 17: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz issues a Royal Decree establishing the King Salman Complex the Prophet's Hadith.
October 17: Two UAE pilots were killed after their planes crashed in Yemen as a result of technical failure.
October 17: Saudi Arabia conducts first trial operation of the Haramain high-speed train.
October 17: Bahrain signs a USD 3.8 billion deal with Lockheed Martin to buy 16 upgraded F-16 aircraft.
October 17: Saudi Arabia and Iraq agree on resuming direct flights and air services after 25 years of suspension.
October 19: The Public Investment Fund (PIF) unveils establishment of the Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company (SRC).
October 19: UAE discloses new cabinet line-up including new portfolios.
October 24: UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum launches the One Million Arab Coders initiative.
October 24: Bahrain and United Nations agencies hammer out a strategic partnership framework agreement.
October 24: Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman unveils plan for USD 500 billion-cost mega futuristic project called NEOM.
October 25: The UAE government adds ten people and one entity to its terror list.
October 26: Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) ink agreement with Virgin Group, to invest USD 1 billion in a space project.
October 26: Qatar and Sri Lanka sign cooperation agreements and memoranda of understanding in Doha.
October 27: One Bahraini policeman was killed and eight others injured in a terror attack on police bus in town of Jidhafs outside the capital Manama.
October 27: A Houthi missile fired from Yemen hits a housing compound for foreign workers in southern Saudi Arabia, wounding at least one worker.
October 28: Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz approves a project for renovating Zamzam water well in Makkah.
October 29: Foreign Ministers and Chiefs of Staff of Member States of Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen convenes in Riyadh to discuss next stage.
October 30: Qatar and US agree on boosting cooperation in countering terror financing.
October 31: Saudi Arabia sets up a national authority for cyber security.
October 31: A Bahraini court sentences 10 men to life imprisonment and revokes their citizenship on charges of forming a terrorist cell and plotting attacks.
October 31: The Saudi Shura Council approves a draft law to combat terrorism and terror funding.
October 31: The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid signs an agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for emergency care and health service for nearly 3.5 million people in Yemen.
November 1: GCC General Secretariat signs in Riyadh a memorandum of understanding for cooperation and coordination with the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.
November 1: Saudi Arabia and Ukraine ink agreements for diplomatic and agriculture cooperation and news exchange.
November 2: Saudi Arabia and Ukraine agree on boosting bilateral partnership in the fields of investment, financial, banking and energy.
November 2: UAE announces the death of one of its soldiers in Yemen.
November 4: Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces intercept a ballistic missile fired from Yemen towards Riyadh.
November 4: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz replaces National Guard Minister Miteb bin Abdullah by Prince Khaled bin Ayyaf and Economy Minister Adel Fakieh by Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri.
November 5: Saudi Deputy Governor of Asir Prince Mansour bin Muqrin killed in a helicopter crash in Asir.
November 5: Bahraini Foreign Ministry urges nationals to leave Lebanon immediately.
November 5: Saudi Arabia announces a list of 40 names of Yemen's Ansarallah militia leaders and elements responsible for planning, executing and supporting terrorist activities.
November 6: Saudi soldier was killed in a militant attack in the eastern Qatif province.
November 7: Qatari Interior Ministry inks memorandum of understanding with the Interpol for training national cadres.
November 7: Four people were injured in the southern Saudi city of Najran by a rocket fired from inside Yemen.
November 8: The International Labour Organization closes a case against Qatar after progress on workers' rights.
November 8: The United Arab Emirates inaugurates Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum.
November 9: The United Arab Emirates advises citizens not to travel to Lebanon.
November 9: Qatari Amir appoints 28 members of the Shura Council including four women for the first time in Gulf monarchy's history.
November 10: Bahraini Interior Ministry announces that an explosion occurred in Manama causing a fire in an oil pipeline near Buri village.
November 13: Saudi Arabia signs with Russia an agreement to buy S-400 air defense systems.
November 13: Sultanate of Oman inaugurates the Musandam gas plant and Musandam Power plant in the wilayat of Bukha in Musandam governorate at a total cost of USD 899 million.
November 14: The Oman Technology Fund (OTF) inks agreements with three Irish institutions - Enterprise Ireland, NDRC and iheed - to support the growth of tech-startups in the Sultanate.
November 14: Qatar and Ethiopia hammer out a series of agreements and memoranda of understanding for buttressing defense, diplomatic, and investment cooperation.
November 14: Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad appoints two deputies for the prime minister.
November 15: Qatar and Turkey sign agreements for cementing legal, judiciary, tourism, meteorological, food safety, and humanitarian assistance cooperation.
November 25: The Bahrain-based Gulf Cooperation Council's Commercial Arbitration Centre announces that Kuwait would take over the presidency of the centre as of January 2018.
December 1: The Saudi-led coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen announced opening of Al-Ghaita airport in Yemen to receive humanitarian aid.
December 2: Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh called on the Yemeni people to revolt against the Houthis, and offered reconciliation with coalition countries.
December 4: UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Al-Nahyan signed a decree to establish a committee with Saudi Arabia designed to boost economic and military cooperation.
December 4: Yemen's former President Saleh said the General Congress Party ended partnership with the Houthis.
December 4: Saleh was killed in confrontations with the Houthis in Sanaa.
December 4: Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi launched a military operation to liberate Sanaa from the Houthi militias.
December 4: Saudi Arabia and the US signed an agreement on fossil fuel and carbon management.
December 4: GCC foreign minister reaffirmed importance of the GCC bloc to confronting threats and challenges.
December 5: His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah proposed, during the 38th GCC summit, amendment of the statute to enable conflict-resolution mechanism.
December 5: The GCC summit called on intellectuals and media in the Arab Gulf countries to play a constructive role in boosting the GCC march.
December 5: The International Committee of Red Cross said 234 people killed and 400 injured in clashes that have been taking place between the Houthis and Saleh's forces since December 1.
December 5: Saudi Arabia and Iraq signed 18 oil and energy agreements.
December 7: The European Commission offered 25 million euros in humanitarian aid for Yemen.

-- Dec. 1: Saudi-led Coalition forces opens Yemen's Al-Ghaita airport to allow delivery of relief aid.
Dec. 2: Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh calls for uprising against Houthi militias.
Dec. 4: UAE President Khalifa Bin Zayed sets up Joint UAE-Saudi military and economic committees.
Dec. 4: Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh severs ties with Houthi militias.
Dec. 4: Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is killed in clashes with Houthi militias.
Dec. 4: Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi launches military operation to wrest control of Sanaa' from Houthi militias.
Dec. 4: GCC foreign ministers convene for 144th meeting in Kuwait.
Dec. 4: GCC foreign ministers conclude 144th meeting in Kuwait.
Dec. 5: GCC Higher Council kick off 38th session in Kuwait.
Dec. 5: His Highness Kuwaiti Amir suggests forming committee to revamp political system in Gulf region.
Dec. 5: ICRC spokeswoman in Yemen says 234 people killed, 400 wounded in Sanaa' clashes.
Dec. 5: Saudi Arabia and Iraq sign 18 energy deals.
Dec. 7: EU pledges 25 million Euros in aid for Yemen.
Dec 10: Qatar, Britain sign arms deal in Doha.
Dec. 11: Saudi Arabia permits movie theaters after decades-long ban.
Dec. 14: Saudi boy is killed by shrapnel of explosives fired into his home.
Dec. 14: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz announces 72 billion riyal economic stimulus program.
Dec. 17: Yemeni government urges international community for extra aid.
Dec. 18: Saudi Arabia appoints Abdulaziz Al-Shammari as ambassador to Iraq.
Dec. 18: GCC Chambers Union signs deal with the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Switzerland.
Dec. 19: Saudi Arabia unveils record 978 billion riyal 2018 budget.
Dec. 19: The Saudi-led Arab coalition says it intercepted a ballistic missile launched by Yemen's Houthi militias towards the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
Dec. 20: The Saudi-led Arab coalition says Al Hudaydah harbor remained open for humanitarian and relief aid.
Dec. 21: World Health Organization (WHO) announces a plane carrying over 70 tons of medical supplies landed at Sanaa Airport.
Dec. 22: Oman hosts 22 members of the late Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh's family.
Dec. 24: Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi issues decrees appointing new ministers in the current government. (end)



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