Saudi Arabia names new interior minister

Newly appointed interior minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif.
Updated 23 September 2017
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Saudi Arabia names new interior minister

JEDDAH: A Saudi royal decree was issued Wednesday morning appointing Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif as interior minister after Prince Mohammed bin Naif was relieved of his role as the interior minister.
Born Nov. 4, 1983, he is the youngest ever interior minister to serve.
The prince graduated from Dhahran Private School.
He is the eldest son of the Eastern Province governor, Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz and has four sons: Naif, Ahmed, Saud and Mohammed.
Armed with a law degree from King Saud University, Abdulaziz bin Saud first chose to explore the private sector for several years before serving as a member of the Supreme Committee for the Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz Award for the Prophetic Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies, in addition to the Scientific Committee of the Award.

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The 34-year-old prince has been appointed to several posts throughout his life, most recently serving for two years as adviser to the former interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Naif.
After King Salman came to power, Prince Abdulaziz was appointed as an adviser to the Royal Court in various departments.
Prince Abdulaziz has worked in the political division for six months, then as an adviser to the Defense Ministry.


US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

Updated 18 November 2018
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US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

  • A US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case
  • ‘The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts’

JEDDAH: The US government denied on Saturday it had reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi after a US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case. 
“Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
“There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts,” she said.
“In the meantime, we will continue to consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”

But President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that his administration would get “a very full report,” including who was responsible for Khashoggi’s death, on Monday or Tuesday.
The Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are close to the CIA which suggests the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing — something Saudi Arabia vehemently denies.
The Kingdom’s public prosecutor on Thursday released details of its investigation, saying the decision to kill the journalist was made by the head of a rogue mission during an attempt to repatriate him. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of the suspects. 
On Saturday, Donald Trump spoke with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from Air Force One, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 
Trump praised US relations with Saudi Arabia when he was asked about the case. Saudi Arabia is “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” the US president said.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, strongly denied the Washington Post story, and said he did not tell Khashoggi to go to Turkey, as the report claimed. 
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khalid said
Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for the Post.
He was killed on Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after he went to get marriage documents.