Trump expresses ‘great confidence’ in Saudi anti-corruption push

President Donald Trump gives thumbs up, in this Oct. 11, 2017 photo, as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP)
Updated 12 November 2017
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Trump expresses ‘great confidence’ in Saudi anti-corruption push

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump expressed “great confidence” in Saudi leaders Monday amid an ongoing anti-corruption push, writing in a tweet, “They know exactly what they are doing.”
In a two-part Twitter message sent from Tokyo, Trump said he has great confidence in King Salman and the crown prince, adding some of the arrested people “have been ‘milking’ their country for years!”

Trump is addressing the arrests of prominent Saudi royals and business leaders ordered by a committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Saudi government has described the action as a sweeping effort to combat corruption.

It underscores an unprecedented restructuring of the Kingdom as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman steps up a dramatic reform drive for a post-oil era.
The US and Saudi Arabia have historically enjoyed close ties, which Trump re-affirmed in May when he visited the country in his first foreign trip since taking office.
Washington and Riyadh announced contracts worth more than $380 billion, including a $110 billion arms deal aimed at countering perceived threats from Iran and militants.
Trump spoke with King Salman by phone on Saturday, according to a readout from his office, in which he lauded the monarch and his son’s “recent public statements regarding the need to build a moderate, peaceful, and tolerant region” and urged the Kingdom to choose Wall Street as a venue for the IPO of oil giant Aramco.


'Above the Highest Clouds' event kicks off in Al-Jawf amid Saudi national day celebrations

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'Above the Highest Clouds' event kicks off in Al-Jawf amid Saudi national day celebrations

  • The event started with the playing of the national anthem in the attendance of many families, youngsters and children

JEDDAH: An event called “Above the Highest Clouds” kicked off in Al-Jawf province on Friday to mark the occasion of the Saudi Arabian National Day and will continue for three days over the weekend.
The event started with the playing of the national anthem in the attendance of many families, youngsters and children, who arrived at the event location early.
Several shows, including theater performances, poetry readings and national songs were performed by residents of Al-Jawf province, as well as ice-themed activities, and light shows.
The event also includes an exhibition for families, food trucks manned by male and female youths, as well as entertainment games.