King Salman, French premier review ties

Updated 15 October 2015
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King Salman, French premier review ties

RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman reviewed French ties and ways of enhancing them in various fields during his talks with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at his palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. They discussed the latest developments in the region.
Valls, who wrapped up a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, was leading a large delegation to the Second Saudi-French Business Opportunities Forum which concluded on Tuesday.
The king welcomed the premier to the Kingdom. Valls expressed happiness at being in the Kingdom and meeting the king and conveyed the greetings of French President Francois Hollande to King Salman.
The talks were attended, among others, by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah and Minister of State Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban.
The king also hosted a luncheon in honor of Valls at his palace in Riyadh.
On the French side, it was attended by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and a number of ministers and officials.


Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

Updated 24 min 58 sec ago
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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

  • Three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire
  • The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined

RIYADH: Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh.

A spokesperson from the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security also said that three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

Al-Arabiya reported that the assailants belonged to Daesh, but the group had not claimed responsibility for the attack and there was no official confirmation from Saudi authorities as to the identity of the attackers on Sunday afternoon.

“The security authorities in the Presidency managed to thwart the terrorist act targeting the center of investigations ... and dealt with them as required by the situation,” the spokesman was quoted by SPA as saying.

The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined by government authorities, the news agency added.

Special security personnel were still working on the site to assess and identify the explosive materials that the terrorists had in their possession, the spokesperson said, and the findings would be announced later.

The suspects, who were on board a car, tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security to prevent the vehicle from gaining access into the compund.

Two gunmen died during the initial exchange of fire with the security forces, while one was killed as he attempted to flee. The fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt,  pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported. 

The Kingdom of Bahrain condemned the actions of the suspects and the terrorist attack on Sunday, the country's news agency said.