Journalists covering key Summit praise ‘exceptional’ facilities in Dhahran

Arab leaders meet in Dhahran on Sunday to unify ranks with an eye on Iran and Jerusalem. Reuters
Updated 16 April 2018
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Journalists covering key Summit praise ‘exceptional’ facilities in Dhahran

DHAHRAN: The media center at the Mercure Hotel in Alkhobar is hosting the 29th Arab Summit and witnessing important media coverage where read, visual and audio media are competing to cover the Dhahran Summit.
The summit aims to promote joint Arab consensus toward the region’s affairs and challenges.
A number of reporters covering the summit commended the Kingdom’s facilities to cover the event.
They described it as “exceptional” given the circumstances the area is facing in terms of drastic transformations in politics, economy and national security and its effects on the whole world.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the reporter on Middle East affairs for the Japanese newspaper Nikkei Saber Rabiah acknowledged the efforts of Saudi Arabia which harnessed all its media and logistic information for the success of this event, and praised the Ministry and Culture and Information for providing the media center with equipment that facilitates the work of reportersvia their different media networks.
Rabiah indicated that the world is closely watching the outcome of this summit, and looking forward to making decisions that promote joint Arab consensus about the different causes in the region, and taking a clear stance toward Iran’s intervention in Arab countries’ internal affairs.
In a similar statement, a senior Egyptian journalist said the government of Saudi Arabia has achieved great success in hosting the summit while the Arab world witnesses a difficult situation.
He also thanked the Saudi authorities for the facilities it has presented for reporters covering this event, and stressed that this is a success to all Arabs, not only Saudi Arabia.
MENA Board Chairman and Chief Editor Ali Hassan said the whole world was looking forward to the summit’s outcome which will express Arabic public opinion in general, and that will be followed up internationally for the unified Arab vision regarding several issues, including the threats to the Arab national security and the dangers of terrorism.
Hassan said the Ministry of Culture and Information continues to provide big logistical support to different Arab and international newspapers and media reporting on the summit.


US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

Updated 18 November 2018
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US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

  • A US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case
  • ‘The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts’

JEDDAH: The US government denied on Saturday it had reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi after a US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case. 
“Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
“There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts,” she said.
“In the meantime, we will continue to consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”

But President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that his administration would get “a very full report,” including who was responsible for Khashoggi’s death, on Monday or Tuesday.
The Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are close to the CIA which suggests the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing — something Saudi Arabia vehemently denies.
The Kingdom’s public prosecutor on Thursday released details of its investigation, saying the decision to kill the journalist was made by the head of a rogue mission during an attempt to repatriate him. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of the suspects. 
On Saturday, Donald Trump spoke with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from Air Force One, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 
Trump praised US relations with Saudi Arabia when he was asked about the case. Saudi Arabia is “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” the US president said.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, strongly denied the Washington Post story, and said he did not tell Khashoggi to go to Turkey, as the report claimed. 
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khalid said
Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for the Post.
He was killed on Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after he went to get marriage documents.