King Salman receives Cypriot president

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Updated 04 January 2018

King Salman receives Cypriot president

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman held talks at Al-Yamamah Palace with President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus, currently on a visit to the Kingdom.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them, in addition to reviewing the latest regional developments.
King Salman and President Anastasiades then witnessed a joint ceremony to sign an agreement, an executive program and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Cyprus.
An agreement was signed to avoid double taxation on income and to prevent tax evasion. It was co-signed by Saudi Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan and Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.
The executive program was co-signed between the Kingdom’s General Authority of Civil Aviation and the Cypriot Ministry of Transport.
The memorandum of understanding was related to political consultations between the Saudi and Cypriot foreign ministries. It was co-signed by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar Madani and Kasoulides.
The ceremony was attended by a number of princes, ministers, civil and military officials and the Saudi ambassador to Greece and Cyprus.
King Salman also held a luncheon in honor of the visiting president and his accompanying delegation.

Arab and Muslim nations, organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s decrees on Khashoggi case

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Arab and Muslim nations, organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s decrees on Khashoggi case

  • UAE, Egypt and Bahrain issued statements commending Saudi Arabia's royal decrees
  • Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, said the king’s decisions “achieve justice and equality”

JEDDAH: Gulf Arab allies have backed the royal decrees issued Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday involving the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


The UAE on Saturday backed Saudi Arabia’s statements, the official news agency WAM said.

The Gulf Arab state “commends directives and decisions of Saudi King Salman on the issue of Kashoggi,” WAM said on Twitter.

The announcement also said that Saudi Arabia and its leadership is a state of institutions based on justice and equity.


Egypt praised what it called the "decisive" and "brave" actions taken by the king.
"Egypt sees that the brave and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi King over this matter align with his majesty's approach that respects the principles of law and applications of effective justice," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
It also offered its condolences to Khashoggi's family and said it was confident the investigation would reveal the truth. 


Bahrain praised decisions made by the Saudi king to establish justice, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported.

“Saudi Arabia will remain a state of justice, values and principles,” an official statement quote by the channel said.


Palestine commended King Salman's decisions to affirm justice and fairness.

The statement also stressed that Saudi Arabia, under the wise leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will remain the state of justice, values and principles.


Yemen on Saturday praised decisions made by King Salman in relation to Khashoggi's death , according to the legitimate government’s state news agency.


Djibouti praised King Salman's decisions and said they are proof that Saudi Arabia is a nation of values, principles, and justice.

Arab and Muslim Organizations

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday praised the Kingdom's transparency and its emphasis on the implementation of justice.

Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, on Saturday said the king’s decisions on the death of Khashoggi “achieve justice and equality in accordance with Islamic law”, according to a statement on state news agency SPA.