Saudi Haj minister meets with Iranian Haj organization chairman

Minister of Haj and Umrah Mohammad Benten with Chairman of Iranian Haj and Visit Organization Hameid Mohammadi, left. (SPA)
Updated 24 February 2017
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Saudi Haj minister meets with Iranian Haj organization chairman

JEDDAH: Minister of Haj and Umrah Mohammad Benten met with the Chairman of Iranian Haj and Visit Organization Hameid Mohammadi and the accompanying delegation to discuss Iranian pilgrims affairs arrangements for the upcoming Haj season.
The meeting comes as part of sessions held by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah with all the delegations of Hajj affairs of the Islamic countries to discuss the arrangements of reception of pilgrims and their housing and movement to provide services that contribute to performing their rituals with ease.


Turkey and US strongly deny sharing 'any audio recording'

Updated 19 October 2018
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Turkey and US strongly deny sharing 'any audio recording'

  • Secretary of State says report he had listened to a recording of Jamal Khashoggi’s death was false
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also denied sharing any audio recordings with US officials

LONDON: Turkey and the United States denied on Friday that Ankara had shared with Washington an audio recording related to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said an ABC News report, citing an unnamed source, that he had listened to a recording of Khashoggi’s death while in Istanbul on Wednesday was false. 

Pompeo, who also visited Saudi Arabia this week, said he had neither seen nor heard such a recording.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also denied sharing any audio recordings with US officials.

“It is out of the question for Turkey to give Pompeo or any other US official any audio recording,” Cavusoglu said during a visit to Tirana, Albania. “It is out of the question for us to share with any country this or that information.”

“Of course, as a result of the investigation so far, Turkey does have some information and evidence," he said. "We will share them with the world when they become fully clear because the whole world, understandably, wants to know what happened to Khashoggi and how it happened.”

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. 

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are carrying out a joint investigation into the disappearance.

On Thursday, Turkey called on the public to ignore any information claiming to be leaked from the case.

Since Khashoggi’s disappearance there has been a flurry of stories claiming to be based on leaks from the probe.

Pompeo said on Thursday they had given Saudi Arabia more time to complete the investigation to make sure they have a complete understanding of the facts.