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Prince William Begins His First Official Middle East visit

He is expected to visit Jerusalem's Old City and the grave of Princess Alice of Greece

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Prince William on Sunday began his first official royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories in a five-day tour of the Middle East.

He will arrive in Jordan on Sunday, meeting Jordanian Crown Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah II, reports the BBC.

The Duke of Cambridge is scheduled to meet both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

During his visit to Israel, the Duke of Cambridge will visit the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre and lay a wreath to commemorate those who died during the Second World War.

He is expected to visit Jerusalem’s Old City and the grave of Princess Alice of Greece, his great-grandmother and the Duke of Edinburgh’s mother.

The duke will visit Ramallah in the West Bank, where he will focus on issues facing refugee communities, as well as meeting Abbas.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The historic nature of this tour is of course important and the duke considers it a great privilege to be undertaking the first ever official royal tour of Israel and the Palestinian territories, and to be able to help further strengthen the friendship between Jordan and the UK.”

Prince William with his wife Kate
Prince William with his wife Kate

This is the first official tour of Israel or the Palestinian areas by a member of the Royal Family on behalf of the British government.

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales have previously visited Jerusalem, but not as part of an official tour.

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In 2016, the Prince of Wales also visited Tel Aviv for the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres. (IANS)

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The Advantages of The Taxation Regimes in The Middle East

So, if you want to operate in the Middle East, setting up a business in Qatar can prove to be quite advantageous

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Most Middle Eastern countries offer a low-tax regime, while others, such as Qatar, impose no corporate or personal income taxes. Pixabay

The Middle East, which until recently was sought mostly by investors in the oil and gas field, has become a very attractive destination for entrepreneurs seeking to operate in other industries as well and one of the most appealing aspects of starting a business here is the taxation system.

Most Middle Eastern countries offer a low-tax regime, while others, such as Qatar, impose no corporate or personal income taxes. So, if you want to operate in the Middle East, setting up a business in Qatar can prove to be quite advantageous.

Below, you can read about other advantages offered by Middle Eastern countries in terms of taxation.

Middle Eastern countries allow for free repatriation of profits

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The Middle East, which until recently was sought mostly by investors in the oil and gas field, has become a very attractive destination for entrepreneurs. Pixabay

Most countries in the Middle East provide for the free repatriation of profits earned by companies operating here. This is also the case of the UAE in which foreign investors can set up various types of companies. For example, starting a business in Dubai can mean free repatriation of profits if the owners are foreigners.

Most countries do not impose employment-related taxes

One of the struggles of business owners is to pay various employment-related taxes, contributions and insurances. This is not the case of many countries in the Middle East where there are no such taxes or where employment is taxed at very low rates. When combined with a cheaper workforce compared to European countries, states here will definitely become more attractive to investors from all over the world.

Wide networks of double tax treaties

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Even if they impose a few or no taxes, many Middle Eastern states have signed double taxation agreements in order to help foreign business owners reduce the tax burden in their home countries. Also, when considering that these agreements follow the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development models on the disclosure of financial information, these countries become more appealing for those interested in onshore destinations with low corporate taxes.

Low VAT taxes

One of the recently introduced taxes by countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council is the value added tax. However, this tax is imposed at very low rates and many investors with companies here have obtained the support of governments in implementing the new regulations which provides for how quickly Middle Eastern countries can adapt to changes.

The Middle East is one of the most appealing parts of the world when it comes to taxation, however, it offers many other benefits apart from this aspect. The cheap workforce, the modern legislation and economic stability are also some of the reasons why foreign investors choose countries here for setting up businesses. 

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Merkel Told Putin, US Complicated Middle East Situation

"But if you want to solve problems, you have to talk to each other," Merkel was quoted as saying.

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in a bid to inform Merkel's and Macron's respective meetings with US President Donald Trump in Washington this week, German federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said Sunday, reported Xinhua news agency.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the Middle East situation had been complicated by the US’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

According to a statement issued by the German government, Merkel made the remarks on Friday during her meeting with Putin in Russia’s Black Sea city of Sochi, Xinhua news agency reported.

Merkel told Putin that Germany, like the rest of Europe, did not want to leave the agreement and wanted to continue to support it. With regard to the Iranian nuclear programme, the agreement gives “more security, more control and, above all, more transparency”.

But there are also topics “that have to be talked about with Iran”, Merkel said, referring to the concerns of the Iranian ballistic missile program, and the question of how to proceed after the expiration of each element of the nuclear agreement.

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Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, wikimedia commons

Merkel stressed after her talks with Putin how important it was to have an open exchange of ideas, especially if the two countries have different views, adding that the German-Russian cooperation had endured serious differences.

“But if you want to solve problems, you have to talk to each other,” Merkel was quoted as saying.

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With regard to the situation in Ukraine, Merkel said the Minsk accord was the “only basis” to achieve peace in east Ukraine, and agreed with Putin that it was important to station a UN peacekeeping troop in the area.

With regard to Syria, Merkel said that Germany would continue to support UN’s mediation efforts with full force, saying it was important the already-agreed upon process of constitutional reform really got going. (IANS)

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Israel Warns Iran, Hints Towards a War in Middle East

In an Israel Radio interview, former general Yisrael Zeev said Netanyahu appears to be preparing the nation for war.

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He said Israel may have to launch a preemptive strike against Iranian assets in Syria, prompting Iran and its ally Hezbollah in Lebanon to fire missiles into Israel.
Benjamin Netanyahu, PM of Israel, wikimedia commons

A tough new warning from Israel to Iran is raising fears of war in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is prepared to confront Iranian “aggression” sooner rather than later.

Speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu accused Iran of transferring advanced weapons to neighboring Syria, including missiles and anti-aircraft batteries it intends to use against Israel.

“We do not want an escalation,” Netanyahu said, “but we are prepared for any scenario.”

The tough rhetoric follows a presentation on national TV a week ago, in which Netanyahu exposed what he said were tens thousands of documents proving that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program which could be quickly revived at any time.

A tough new warning from Israel to Iran is raising fears of war in the Middle East.
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The files, which were seized in Tehran by Israeli intelligence, could reinforce threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal by May 12. The three European countries that signed the agreement, Britain, France and Germany, have tried to persuade Trump not to withdraw.

In an Israel Radio interview, former general Yisrael Zeev said Netanyahu appears to be preparing the nation for war.

He said Israel may have to launch a preemptive strike against Iranian assets in Syria, prompting Iran and its ally Hezbollah in Lebanon to fire missiles into Israel.

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Netanyahu will visit Moscow on Wednesday to discuss the situation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the main power broker in Syria. Putin will no doubt urge Netanyahu to act with restraint.

But Netanyahu told the Cabinet that Israel must learn from history. He said nations that were not prepared to take timely action against aggression paid a much higher price later on. (VOA)