Saudi Arabia and Egypt have made a genuine attempt at reconciliation while the UAE and Bahrain are still dragging their feet.
Verstappen, who passed the Briton with four laps to go only to have to hand back the lead for exceeding track limits, finished a mere 0.745 seconds behind after starting on pole position.
Mick, the 22-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, will make his debut for Haas in Bahrain on March 28, 2021.
Russia's shuttle diplomacy around the Middle East projects is an attempt to project power as the US looks to re-calibrate its approach in the region.
Saudi Arabia enjoyed a widespread bout of solidarity after the Khashoggi report, but as US-Saudi tensions grow, GCC states may find themselves in a perpetual balancing act.
Ankara's reaction comes after the bloc accused Turkey of forcing intervention "on our Arab brotherland".
Aston Martin left after failing to score any points that year and returns to the grid with high hopes after signing four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.
Alonso will team up with Frenchman Esteban Ocon, on the repackaged Alpine team.
President Joe Biden says the US will make an announcement on Saudi Arabia, following an intelligence report that found the crown prince had approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Activists across the Arab world continue to fight for human and civil rights despite violence and intimidation.
While the recent Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia put an end to the three-and-a half-year gulf rift, it has also raised questions about Qatar’s relationship with Iran.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu congratulates Kuwait for its successful diplomatic efforts to resolve the Gulf crisis.
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