International border security forum urges states to exchange information to combat cross-border crimes

Participants pose for a group photo at the end of the First International Symposium on Border Security and Safety in Jeddah on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 21 October 2017
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International border security forum urges states to exchange information to combat cross-border crimes

JEDDAH: Participants of the First International Symposium on Border Security and Safety (Challenges and Solutions) concluded on Thursday in Jeddah.
Border Guards Director General Awad Al-Balawi announced that the recommendations included the establishment of an international symposium on land and maritime borders to be held in two years, led by Saudi Arabia.
Al-Balawi added that the participants agreed on encouraging states to exchange information to combat cross-border crimes; coordinate programs to build capacities (including training of trainers); urge states to adopt special regional and international mechanisms when dealing with illegal acts which can affect the security of land and maritime borders; take an interest in the economic development of border regions; promote participation of local societies in achieving border security; and urge the states to cooperate in scientific research that can enhance border safety and security.
Al-Balawi said that the recommendations will help develop the border and coast guards, promote land and maritime border security and safety, combat cross-border crimes and achieve security and stability in all states.
He praised the special efforts of all the participants that led to the success of the symposium.
The Border Guards spokesman pointed out that the symposium was attended by border and coast guard leaders, officials and experts, specialists from many states around the world, whose fruitful discussions led to the recommendations and suggestions of this symposium.


Saudi king, crown prince condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

Updated 22 October 2018
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Saudi king, crown prince condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

  • King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talked with the son of the late journalist on Sunday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have extended their condolences to the family and relatives of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.
King Salman expressed his deepest sympathy in a telephone call Sunday to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of the 59-year-old journalist, who died in Istanbul early this month.
The crown prince also condoled with Salah Jamal Khashoggi by phone, the SPA said.
Khashoggi's son thanked the king and the crown prince, the report added. 

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir earlier said that the death of Khashoggi was the result of a “rogue operation” by people acting beyond the scope of their authority.