Sandstorms sweep across Riyadh

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Updated 24 April 2018
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Sandstorms sweep across Riyadh

RIYADH: Sandstorms and thick dust enveloped Riyadh on Monday, with drivers being warned to exercise caution on the roads.
The extreme conditions come after sandstorms shut schools across the capital and other governorates on April 17.
The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection warned that low visibility would continue on Tuesday due to dust in the regions of Riyadh and Eastern Province, extending to the southern parts.
Also expected to be affected by dust are the regions of Qassim, Hail, Madinah, Tabuk and the southern parts of Al Jawf. 


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves Riyadh after meeting Saudi king, crown prince

Updated 22 min 48 sec ago
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves Riyadh after meeting Saudi king, crown prince

  • Pompeo had a brief meeting with the king before a lengthy, 40-minute discussion with the crown prince
  • The secretary and the foreign minister agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation

DUBAI: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Riyadh for Turkey on Wednesday after talks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the case of the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pompeo had a brief meeting with the king before a lengthy, 40-minute discussion with the crown prince. “We are strong and old allies. We face our challenges together,” the crown prince said as he warmly welcomed Pompeo to the Saudi capital. Later Prince Mohammed also discussed the investigation in a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump.

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir also had talks with Pompeo. “The secretary and the foreign minister agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said later.

Pompeo will meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Turkey.

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint team to investigate the disappearance.

Officers from the team searched the consulate in Istanbul for eight hours overnight on Monday, and left at 5 am on Tuesday.