Saudi prepaid SIMs can be recharged without entering IDs: CITC

Updated 16 November 2017
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Saudi prepaid SIMs can be recharged without entering IDs: CITC

RIYADH: Mobile users are no longer required to enter their identification (ID) numbers to recharge their prepaid SIM cards.
The Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) announced its decision on Wednesday and it became effective the same day.
The move is aimed at discouraging the spread of unidentified calling cards, according to the CITC announcement.
The commission had made it mandatory for prepaid SIM users to enter their ID/Iqama numbers on July 31, 2012, in a bid to check the sale of unauthorized SIM cards.


White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

Updated 22 October 2018
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White House adviser Jared Kushner: Saudi Arabia is 'important ally'

WASHINGTON: Speaking about Saudi Arabia's investigation into the case of the late Jamal Khashoggi, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said that the Trump administration is still in "fact-finding phase."

"We're getting facts in from multiple places and once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe, and what we think is credible and what we think is not credible," Kushner said on Monday

"We have our eyes wide open. The president's focused on what's good for America, what are our strategic interests, where do we share interests with other countries let's work towards those," he added.

Kushner stressed that Saudi Arabia was an "important ally" of the US, and a "critical partner," especially in countering Iran's influence in the Middle East.

Kushner also said he had spoken to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the case.