Newly formed body to boost food security

Updated 27 September 2012
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Newly formed body to boost food security

A new sustainable food system to address the growing concern of food security and rising prices in the Kingdom was launched at the Riyadh chamber of commerce and industry (RCCI) yesterday.
Fahd bin Abdulrahman Balghunaim, minister of agriculture, said the food monitoring body, established in cooperation with the King Abdullah Chair for Food Security at King Saud University (KSU), is an important step to complement efforts by the ministry to meet the food needs of the Kingdom.
He said the food monitoring body would provide information on the availability and price of strategic food commodities and help monitor and safeguard food security, as well as enhance agricultural development.
The monitoring body will enable decision-makers and researchers to access information on food price and availability in local markets.
Badran bin Abdulrahman Al-Omar, rector of King Saud University, said the formation of the food monitoring body reflects the government’s resolve to provide food security to its citizens.
He said the food monitoring body would enhance national initiatives and provide information to decision-makers, agriculturalists, and the business community who invest in agriculture and in the long run, improve food security in the Kingdom.
Abdulrahaman Al-Jeraisy, RCCI board chair, said the food monitoring body would enhance the role of the private sector in supporting government efforts in food security, the provision of food commodities in local markets and how to avert the negative impact of fluctuations in world food production.
Khalid Al-Ruwais, supervisor of the King Abdullah Chair for Food Security, studied changing food prices worldwide and their impact on food security in the Kingdom. He said the main factors affecting food security were dependence on imports, inability of local agricultural production to realize self-sufficiency and a growing demand due to population growth.


US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

Updated 18 November 2018
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US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

  • A US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case
  • ‘The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts’

JEDDAH: The US government denied on Saturday it had reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi after a US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case. 
“Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
“There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts,” she said.
“In the meantime, we will continue to consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”

But President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that his administration would get “a very full report,” including who was responsible for Khashoggi’s death, on Monday or Tuesday.
The Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are close to the CIA which suggests the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing — something Saudi Arabia vehemently denies.
The Kingdom’s public prosecutor on Thursday released details of its investigation, saying the decision to kill the journalist was made by the head of a rogue mission during an attempt to repatriate him. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of the suspects. 
On Saturday, Donald Trump spoke with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from Air Force One, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 
Trump praised US relations with Saudi Arabia when he was asked about the case. Saudi Arabia is “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” the US president said.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, strongly denied the Washington Post story, and said he did not tell Khashoggi to go to Turkey, as the report claimed. 
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khalid said
Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for the Post.
He was killed on Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after he went to get marriage documents.