Arab States Weekly Review 20th – 26th March 2010

Dubai announced it would provide $9.5 billion to help recapitalise Dubai World. It will also convert debt claims (worth $10 billion) into equity. Creditors will receive their money back under the proposal, albeit after a delay.

Saudi forces announced the arrest of 113 people suspected of having ties to Al-Qaeda.

The foreign secretary of Britain denounced the Israeli secret service Mossad for forging passports in the name of 12 British citizens for an operation targeting the execution of an Hamas official in Dubai.

Barack Obama received Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in the White House, in a period of a chilled relationship between the USA and Israel. Obama is said to be hardening his stance on recent Israeli settlement pushes in the East Jerusalem.

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