Fuel tank fire put out

Updated 23 November 2013
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Fuel tank fire put out

Civil Defense firefighters contained a major fire that gutted three diesel tanks northeast of Jeddah on Tuesday, stopping the blaze from spreading to nearby buildings.
Col. Saeed Sarhan, spokesman of the department in the Makkah region, said the firefighters moved to the area soon after receiving information about the fire. “Five firefighting teams, a rescue team and an ambulance were immediately mobilized,” the spokesman said. A snorkel truck was also sent to the site.
He said that Civil Defense teams used foam to fight the fire from three sides.
Sarhan said nobody was injured in the accident. “We have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the blaze,” Sarhan said.


Saudi King Salman, crown prince receive US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Updated 16 October 2018
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Saudi King Salman, crown prince receive US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

  • Pompeo thanked King Salman for his commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation
  • The crown prince assured Pompeo that the US and Saudi Arabia are "old, strong allies"

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with King Salman in the Saudi capital on Tuesday, before arriving at Riyadh’s royal palace to talk with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Pompeo thanked Saudi King Salman for his commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, while the crown prince assured him that the US and Saudi Arabia are "old, strong allies."

The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman.

“I hope you are comfortable here,” the king told Pompeo, according to the reporters. Pompeo responded, “Thank you for accepting my visit on behalf of President Donald Trump.”

Pompeo will hold talks in Turkey on Wednesday, the Turkish foreign ministry said, after his visit to Riyadh.
The top American diplomat will meet his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss bilateral and regional issues including Syria, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.
The statement did not refer to the disappearance of Khashoggi after his visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to receive documents ahead of his wedding.