U.S. Sanctions Unlikely to Sever Iran’s Economic Ties to Gulf Arab States
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center left, is welcomed by Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, center, at Kuwait International Airport, Feb. 15, 2017. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

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Saudi Arabia Hikes its VAT, but for How Long?

Saudi Arabia has adopted strict austerity measures to combat the dual effect of falling oil prices and the coronavirus crisis. Unlike previous measures that were lifted when oil prices recovered, a July 1 VAT increase (from 5% to 15%) is more likely to stay in place, which could present challenges to low-income families, businesses, and plans to revive domestic tourism.

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