Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he plans to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Feb. 2022. The UAE recently earmarked 10B USD for investments in Turkey during a rare visit by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Several Kuwaiti opposition figures have returned to the country after a decade in exile upon obtaining amnesty. Kuwait's Emir Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah issued the pardons in early November to ease tensions with the parliament.
At least five Kurdish security officials were killed near Sulaimaniyah in an attack attributed to the Islamic State group. Kurdistan Region of Iraq's Prime Minister Masrour Barzani has stressed that the group remains a threat to the KRI, despite the central government declaring its defeat in 2017.