Shoura names heads of specialized committees

The first ordinary session of the new Shoura Council underway on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 20 December 2016
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Shoura names heads of specialized committees

RIYADH: Beginning the first ordinary meeting of its 7th session on Monday, the Shoura Council approved the heads of specialized committees and their deputies.
At the outset of the meeting, House Speaker Abdullah Al-Asheikh expressed thanks to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for addressing the Council which, he said, carried the road map for citizens and the homeland.
Later, the council members voted and selected heads of the specialized committees and their deputies as follows:
•Abdulaziz Al-Isa, chairman of the Islamic and Judiciary Affairs Committee, and Wasil Al-Muzan, vice chairman.
•Muna Al Mushait, chairperson of the Health Committee; Abdullah Al-Otaibi, vice chairman.
•Abdulrahman Al-Rashid, chairman of the Economy and Energy Committee; Noorah Yousef, vice chairman.
•Maj-Gen Abdullah Al-Sadoun, chairman of the Security Affairs Committee; Ata Al-Sabaiti, vice chairman.
•Zuhair Al-Harthi, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee; Huda Al-Hilaisi, vice chairman.
•Mohammed Al-Naqadi, chairman of the Administration and Human Resources Committee; Maadi Al-Qahtani, vice chairman.
•Nasir Al-Musa, chairman of the Education and Scientific Research Committee; Abdullah Al-Jakhaiman, vice chairman.
•Mufarrih Al-Zahrani, chairman of Haj, Housing and Services Committee; Aiman Fadil, vice chairman.
•Faiz Al-Shihri, chairman of the Culture, Media, Tourism and Antiquities Committee; Fatimah Al-Qarni, vice chairman.
•Osama Al-Rabia, chairman of the Financial Committee; Fahad bin Juma, vice chairman.
•Assaf Abu Thinain, chairman of the Human Rights and Regulatory Bodies Committee; Nihad Al-Jishi, vice chairman.
•Abbas Hadi, chairman of the Water, Agriculture and Environment Committee; Saud Al-Ruwaili, vice chairman.
•Sadoun Al-Sadoun, chairman of the Transport, Telecom and IT Committee; Abdulaziz Al-Hargan, vice chairman.
•Abdullah Al-Fouzan, chairman of the Social, Family and Youth Affairs Committee; Mastourah Al-Shammari, vice chairman.


Saudi Arabia FM: Khashoggi murder investigations will continue until all questions are answered

Updated 32 min 24 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia FM: Khashoggi murder investigations will continue until all questions are answered

  • Saudi Arabia is committed to holding those involved in the murder accountable through the judiciary
  • Al-Jubeir insisted that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had nothing to do with Khashoggi’s death

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is still seeking answers to a number of questions in the investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's death, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Thursday.

The Kingdom is committed to holding those involved in the murder accountable through the judiciary, and investigations into journalist’s killing will continue until all questions are answered, Al-Jubeir said.

Al-Jubeir added that the defendants and the victim in the Khashoggi case are Saudis and that the incident took place on Saudi land. He continued by saying that there has been an attempt to politicize Khashoggi’s case, and that this is regrettable.

Al-Jubeir insisted that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had nothing to do with Khashoggi’s death.

“The Qatari media have launched an organized campaign against Saudi Arabia and are exploiting Khashoggi’s case,” Al-Jubeir added.

He said there is a difference between imposing penalties on those accused and holding Saudi Arabia responsible for Khashoggi’s death.

Bahrain said Thursday that it rejects the politicization or internationalization of the Khashoggi case. 

The Secretariat General of the Arab League praised the seriousness of the steps taken by Saudi Arabia in the Khashoggi case, and said that the measures show the Kingdom's interest in identifying those involved in the crime. 

Hours after the public prosecurtor's statment, the US placed punishing economic sanctions on 17 Saudis allegedly involved in Khashoggi's murder.

"The Saudi officials we are sanctioning were involved in the abhorrent killing of Jamal Khashoggi," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. "These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions."

The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said the details of the investigation released Thursday “confirm the Kingdom’s commitment to complete the necessary procedures in order to continue the investigation away from the politicization sought by some malicious parties.”