Kingdom, Jordan review strategy to end IS menace

Updated 27 February 2015
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Kingdom, Jordan review strategy to end IS menace

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held wide-ranging talks here Wednesday with King Abdallah of Jordan on a range of key regional issues with special reference to the ways and means to boost bilateral links further.
King Salman expressed hope that the visit of the Jordanian king would further enhance bilateral cooperation in different areas, including security and counterterrorism.
During the talks, the two leaders underlined the need to formulate common policies on challenges facing the Middle East region. “They exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of common interest between the Kingdom and Jordan,” said the SPA.
Arab News could not reach Jordanian Ambassador Jamal Shamayleh for more information. But, a diplomatic source, preferring anonymity, said “the talks covered a number of regional issues, including the campaign against the Islamic State.”
“Jordan, a country invited by the GCC to join the bloc, has been a close regional ally of the Kingdom,” he added.
King Salman hosted a lunch banquet in honor of the Jordanian king and his accompanying delegation.
The talks and the luncheon banquet were attended by top Saudi officials and several members of the royal family, including Crown Prince Muqrin; Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah and Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf.
From the Jordanian side, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh; Fayez Al-Tarawneh, chief of the Hashemite Royal Court; Gen. Mashal Al-Zaben, chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff; and Gen. Faisal Al-Shoubaki, director of the General Intelligence Department, were present.
Later on Wednesday, King Abdallah left for Jordan and was seen off by Crown Prince Muqrin at the airport.


US’ Mnuchin says talk about sanctions premature, will visit Riyadh to meet with counterpart

Updated 21 October 2018
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US’ Mnuchin says talk about sanctions premature, will visit Riyadh to meet with counterpart

JERUSALEM, Oct 21 : US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday it was premature to comment on possible US sanctions against Saudi Arabia for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi until an investigation had been completed.
Mnuchin said information so far on the investigation was “a good first step but not enough” as Riyadh faced increasing international pressure over what happened to Khashoggi, who disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
US President Donald Trump, who has said the United States would consider sanctions against Saudi Arabia, emphasized on Saturday that he was not satisfied with the Saudis’ handling of the case.
“It would be premature to comment on sanctions and premature to comment on really any issues until we get further down the investigation and get to the bottom of what occurred,” Mnuchin told reporters in Jerusalem.
Mnuchin confirmed that he would not attend a Saudi investment conference on Tuesday. However, he said he would visit Riyadh as planned for talks with his counterpart on joint efforts to counter terrorist financing and plans by Washington to reimpose sanctions against Iran in November.
“I did not think it was appropriate to go and speak at this conference but we continue to have important issues with Saudi and that is why I am going there,” Mnuchin said.
The visit, he said, was necessary as Washington prepares to reimpose sanctions against Iran.
He said he had no reason to believe that Saudi Arabia would renege on commitments to make up for any shortfall in global oil supplies as Iranian oil exports are curbed under the sanctions.
“I have no reason to believe that they are not going to honor those commitments,” said Mnuchin, who will meet Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih while in Riyadh.