Leaders arrive in Saudi Arabia ahead of 29th Arab League summit

The Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said arrives at King Abdulaziz Air Base in Dhahran. (SPA)
Updated 14 April 2018
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Leaders arrive in Saudi Arabia ahead of 29th Arab League summit

  • The Arab League summit will be hosted in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday.

London: The Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said arrived at King Abdulaziz Air Base in Dhahran on Saturday for the 29th Arab League summit.
Earlier on Saturday, the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the Iraqi President Fuad Masum, and the Lebanese President Michel Aoun also arrived in Dhahran ahead of the summit that is due to take place on Sunday.
In a ministerial meeting that was held on Thursday, the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said that Palestine and the situation there will top discussions at the Arab summit.


Saudi King Salman, crown prince receive US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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Saudi King Salman, crown prince receive US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

  • Pompeo thanked King Salman for his commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation
  • The crown prince assured Pompeo that the US and Saudi Arabia are "old, strong allies"

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with King Salman in the Saudi capital on Tuesday, before arriving at Riyadh’s royal palace to talk with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Pompeo thanked Saudi King Salman for his commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, while the crown prince assured him that the US and Saudi Arabia are "old, strong allies."

The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman.

“I hope you are comfortable here,” the king told Pompeo, according to the reporters. Pompeo responded, “Thank you for accepting my visit on behalf of President Trump.”

Pompeo will hold talks in Turkey on Wednesday, the Turkish foreign ministry said, after his visit to Riyadh.
The top American diplomat will meet his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss bilateral and regional issues including Syria, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement, without referring to the disappearance of Khashoggi.