Kingdom, UAE sign deal for Coordination Council

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SOLIDARITY: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman holds talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in Jeddah. (SPA)
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WARM WELCOME: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and interior minister, receives Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 17 May 2016
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Kingdom, UAE sign deal for Coordination Council

JEDDAH:The Kingdom and the UAE have set up a joint council to coordinate efforts and bolster ties between the two countries.
A protocol to set up the council was signed Monday at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah in the presence of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces
Nizar bin Obaid Madani, minister of state for foreign affairs, signed for Saudi Arabia while Ali bin Mohammed Al-Shamsi, deputy secretary-general of the Supreme Council for Security, signed for the UAE.
King Salman earlier received at his palace Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
At the outset of the meeting, the king welcomed the Abu Dhabi crown prince and the accompanying delegation.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan thanked King Salman for the warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded to him and his delegation.
During the meeting, they reviewed the close brotherly relations between the two countries and aspects of bilateral cooperation in various fields, in addition to the latest developments at regional and international arenas.
King Salman hosted a lunch banquet in honor of the UAE leader and his delegation before they left Jeddah.


Khashoggi’s children call for independent commission baseless, comes from unverified Twitter account

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Khashoggi’s children call for independent commission baseless, comes from unverified Twitter account

DUBAI: An unverified social media account which claims to be owned by missing Saudi journalist’s son Jamal Khashoggi, Abdullah, has been quoted in several media outlets as calling for an ‘independent, and impartial investigation’ into what happened to his father.

The statement, which calls for the media to also respect the privacy of the family, has been quoted by a number of international media outlets as authentic.

However, upon examining the account it is clear that it was only created on October 15 and has not been shared with any of the Saudi media outlets, including the MBC network where Salah Khashoggi currently works.

Furthermore, the account authenticity has not been confirmed by any of the Khashoggi family members Arab News has tried contacting.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday for talks with King Salman, supposed to discuss the case of Khashoggi, after being sent by President Donald Trump.

Trump on Monday said: “It sounded to me, maybe these could have been rogue killers,” after a telephone conversation with King Salman, where the two leaders discussed the joint investigation by Saudi Arabia and Turkey into Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Khashoggi, a US-based Saudi national, has been missing since Oct. 2 when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to secure divorce papers. Nothing has been heard of him since.

An Arab News analysis of reports from global news outlets has unearthed a series of inconsistencies and fake facts.