SCTH chief pushes for greater tourism cooperation with South Africa

SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman holds talks with South African Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa in Johannesburg on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 30 June 2017
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SCTH chief pushes for greater tourism cooperation with South Africa

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), stressed the importance of cooperation in areas of tourism between the Kingdom and South Africa, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
Prince Sultan’s remarks came during his talks with South African Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa in Johannesburg on Wednesday during his official visit to South Africa.
For her part, the minister expressed her thanks to Prince Sultan for responding to an invitation to visit her country. She stressed a desire to activate a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries, and lauded Saudi potentials in areas related to tourism, economic development, cultural and environmental diversity, and heritage.
Later, Prince Sultan met with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana Mashabane, who appreciated the distinguished relations linking her country with the Kingdom, and expressed hope of seeing further cooperation.
She also lauded the Kingdom’s leading regional and global roles, adding that South Africa views this role with due respect and appreciation.


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.