King Salman issues his directives not to prejudice high cost of living allowances and bonuses

The royal decrees include a financial support package to help citizens adjust to economic reforms. (SPA)
Updated 08 January 2018
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King Salman issues his directives not to prejudice high cost of living allowances and bonuses

King Salman has issued a directive to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) instructing banks not to deduct any funds from the cost of living allowances and bonuses issued through his recent decrees.

The Saudi government introduced measures last week to help citizens adjust to the new 5-percent value-added tax (VAT) and a hike in fuel and electricity prices.

The royal decrees include a financial support package to help citizens adjust to economic reforms.

The package includes citizens working in the state’s civilian and military sectors, as well as pensioners and students. It covers housing, education, health care and a rise in salaries.


Saudi foreign minister meets with Indonesian counterpart

Updated 18 min 29 sec ago
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Saudi foreign minister meets with Indonesian counterpart

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, met on Tuesday with his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, in the capital Jakarta.
During the meeting, the pair discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and means of enhancing them in various fields, in addition to matters of mutual interest and the top regional and international developments.
The meeting was attended by the director general of the foreign minister’s office, Ambassador Khalid bin Musaed Al-Anqari, and the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia, Osama bin Mohammed Al-Shuaibi.
Al-Jubeir also headed the Saudi delegation at the 10th ministerial meeting of the Saudi-Indonesian Joint Committee, which was also held in Jakarta, while Marsudi headed the Indonesian side.
The meeting discussed bilateral relations and means of enhancing cooperation between the two countries and witnessed the signing of several agreement during the committee’s 10th meeting.
After that, Al-Jubeir held a joint press conference with his Indonesian counterpart and highlighted the strong relations between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
The Saudi foreign minister emphasized that King Salman pays great attention to the tragic incident that claimed the life of citizen Jamal Khashoggi.
“When King Salman learned about the incident, he immediately communicated with the president of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and gave his order to dispatch a Saudi team to Turkey to investigate the case and find the truth about what happened,” he said.
He added that King Salman directed the attorney-general ten days ago to investigate the case, reveal its circumstances, and discover what occured.
Al-Jubeir pointed out that King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are closely following the developments of the Khashoggi case and are keen to reveal all the relevant facts in order to hold those involved accountable.