King Salman welcomes Somali president

King Salman welcomes Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi in Riyadh on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 24 February 2017
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King Salman welcomes Somali president

RIYADH: Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi met King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace on Thursday after he arrived here on his first foreign trip since his election to the top office on Feb 8.
During the meeting, the two leaders discussed aspects of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in order to further enhance relations in all fields.
During the official talks, King Salman and the visiting Somali president also discussed the latest developments in the region including political, economic and security-related issues.
The meeting was also attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan and and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, SPA reported.
Saudi Arabia and Somalia share good relations with the Kingdom expressing solidarity with the Somali people during the various crises they have faced over the years.


Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

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Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

RIYADH: The Halat Ammar Customs on the Kingdom’s northwestern border prevented two attempts to smuggle a quantity of 184,737 Fenethylline tablets, also known by the brand name of Captagon.
The pills were discovered hidden on two buses that were transporting passengers to the Kingdom’s holy sites.
Mohammed Qaisi, the customs general manager, said the first bus was carrying 47 passengers and after the customs procedures were finalized and the passengers were processed, a bag containing 100,000 tablets was found.
“The narcotics were hidden in an artistic way and were placed inside the bag’s lining,” he said.
Qaisi also said the second attempt was thwarted in a similar way. The other bus was transporting 31 passengers, on which a total of 84,737 Captagon pills were seized.
Saudi Arabia usually witnesses a rise of smuggling attempts during the Umrah and Hajj seasons, as they are exploited by smugglers trying to transport narcotics and other contraband. 
Saudi Customs said it is exerting great efforts and working with all its human and technical capabilities to prevent the entry of illegal substances.