Najran region can import water from Sudan, study recommends

Updated 23 November 2013
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Najran region can import water from Sudan, study recommends

A recent study has called for the importation of water from Sudan on an experimental basis to augment groundwater sources in the Najran region.
According to local media, the report, drafted ahead of the upcoming 6th Riyadh Economic Forum, urged the Ministries of Agriculture, Water and Electricity to approach the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work out international agreements for the import of water and to ensure rights.
The study, entitled “Water, an economic resource imperative for sustainable development,” said water could be a key economic resource for the Kingdom if certain conditions are met.
It said that information, including the volume of water available and used, availability of data on water, rationalization of consumption rates in different sectors and pricing of water for each type of use, must be made available.
The best method for water management in the Kingdom should be based on regions, provinces or cities since the Kingdom spans a vast area and that there is enormous disparity in climatic conditions and rainfall levels, which may entail different approaches in the development of water resources, according to the study.
It also called for putting a pricing mechanism for each region or city based on supply and demand and developing and running rain water on a regional basis.
The study emphasized the importance of conducting annual surveys on water consumption in different sectors and establishing a center for water information, which will come under the Ministry of Water and Electricity.
The findings stressed the need to bridge the gap in water supplies, as studies earlier indicated the possibility of groundwater depletion within 45 to 90 years. It urged finding ways and means to bring the gap to zero point in an 80-year period.
The study called for structural reforms in the water sector and the establishment of water councils in different regions and provinces to be headed by either the governor of the region or officials entrusted to run water resources in each area.


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.