Spanish king keen on boosting Saudi trade ties

Spanish King Felipe VI speaks at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday. (AN photo)
Updated 17 January 2017
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Spanish king keen on boosting Saudi trade ties

RIYADH: Spanish King Felipe VI expressed Monday his country’s desire to bolster economic, trade and investment relations with Saudi Arabia.
Speaking at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), the visiting king said that bilateral relations between the two countries rest on a long-standing historical and cultural base.
Saudi Arabia and Spain are already established trading partners, with Spain ranking third among the biggest European importers from the Kingdom, King Felipe VI said at the chamber.
The king said that the presence of many Spanish companies and their contribution to developmental projects in the Kingdom is proof of the technical experience of the Spanish companies.
He voiced the desire of Spanish companies to contribute to the objectives set under the Vision 2030 reform plan and the National Transformation Program.
The success achieved by the Spanish companies in implementing developmental projects in the Kingdom is considered a stimulus to implement more projects, the king underscored.
Ahmad Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, chairman of the board of directors of the RCCI, said the Spanish king’s visit will give a boost to Saudi-Spanish relations.
“Saudi (Arabia’s) business sector appreciates the level of relations between the two countries, thanks to the support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and King Felipe VI,” he said.
The Spanish king earlier paid a visit to the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE), where he was welcomed by the city’s president, Hashem Abdullah Yamani.
During the meeting they discussed various aspects of mutual cooperation in the field of the peaceful use of atomic and renewable energy.
The visiting king, accompanied by Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi, was briefed on K.A.CARE’s programs in the field of sustainable energy.


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

Updated 5 min 31 sec ago
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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.