New Shoura secretary-general appointed

Updated 23 May 2012
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New Shoura secretary-general appointed

RIYADH: Muhammad Al-Amr has been appointed the new secretary-general of the Shoura Council. In a royal decree issued yesterday, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah made the appointment replacing Muhammad Al-Ghamdi.
Meanwhile, Prince Muhammad bin Naif, assistant minister of interior for security affairs, has appointed Maj. Gen. Suleiman Al-Amr as the deputy director general of the Civil Defense.

 


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves Riyadh after meeting Saudi king, crown prince

Updated 52 min 58 sec ago
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves Riyadh after meeting Saudi king, crown prince

  • Pompeo had a brief meeting with the king before a lengthy, 40-minute discussion with the crown prince
  • The secretary and the foreign minister agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation

DUBAI: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Riyadh for Turkey on Wednesday after talks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the case of the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pompeo had a brief meeting with the king before a lengthy, 40-minute discussion with the crown prince. “We are strong and old allies. We face our challenges together,” the crown prince said as he warmly welcomed Pompeo to the Saudi capital. Later Prince Mohammed also discussed the investigation in a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump.

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir also had talks with Pompeo. “The secretary and the foreign minister agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said later.

Pompeo will meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Turkey.

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint team to investigate the disappearance.

Officers from the team searched the consulate in Istanbul for eight hours overnight on Monday, and left at 5 am on Tuesday.