Sri Lanka foreign minister to visit Kingdom

Sri Lankan Ambassador Azmi Thassim, second right, is seen with community members on the 69th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in Riyadh on Saturday. (AN photo)
Updated 08 February 2017
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Sri Lanka foreign minister to visit Kingdom

RIYADH: Sri Lankan Ambassador Azmi Thassim on Saturday said he was making extensive arrangements for the forthcoming visit to Saudi Arabia of his country’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
“It’s going to be a remarkable visit, since the foreign minister’s talks will focus on how best the two countries can cooperate with each other in working toward achieving the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020,” Thassim said at the 69th anniversary of his country’s Independence Day celebrations at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh.
Sri Lanka looks forward to further strengthening bilateral relations, especially in the fields of employment, trade, investment and tourism, he added.
“Appreciating the long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia, our country wholeheartedly supports Vision 2030 under the wise leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, and NTP 2020 initiated by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and defense minister.
“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, trade and tourism have increased tremendously to the benefit of the people of the two countries," he said, adding that nearly 38,000 Saudis holidayed in Sri Lanka last year.


White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

Updated 22 October 2018
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White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

WASHINGTON: Speaking about Saudi Arabia's investigation into the case of the late Jamal Khashoggi, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said that the Trump administration is still in "fact-finding phase."

"We're getting facts in from multiple places and once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe, and what we think is credible and what we think is not credible," Kushner said on Monday

"We have our eyes wide open. The president's focused on what's good for America, what are our strategic interests, where do we share interests with other countries let's work towards those," he added.

Kushner stressed that Saudi Arabia was an "important ally" of the US, and a "critical partner," especially in countering Iran's influence in the Middle East.

Kushner also said he had spoken to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the case.