30 expats held in Saudi Arabia on terror charges in April

30 expats have been detained by authorities in April. (SPA)
Updated 24 April 2018
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30 expats held in Saudi Arabia on terror charges in April

  • All these suspects are still under investigation
  • Saudi Arabia is at the forefront of fighting terrorism

JEDDAH: The Saudi security forces rounded up 30 people of 12 different nationalities with links to terrorist organizations in April, said security sources.

The cases of all these suspects are under investigation. The detainees include 11 from Sudan, 9 from Yemen, 2 from Egypt, 1 from Turkey, 1 from Kenya, 1 from Iran, 1 from Somalia, 1 from Syria, 1 from Bahrain, and 1 from Kyrgyzstan.

This brings the number detainees so far to 34 Sudanese, 328 Yemenis, 72 Egyptians, 18 Turks, 3 Canadians, 1Kenyan, 10 Iranians, 4 Somalis, 207 Syrians, 2 Kyrgyzstanis, and 12 Bahrainis.

It should be noted that the number of detainees in the prisons of the General Investigation Directorate, according to the latest statistics of the Saudi Ministry of the Interior, reached 5,348, some of whom are serving their prison sentence and some are still in the process of appeal, and some are still under investigation.

Saudi Arabia is at the forefront of fighting terrorism.  During his recent visit to Riyadh UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres thanked Riyadh for its generous support to the UN Counter-Terrorism Center. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the UN Counter-Terrorism Center and the Arab Interior Ministers’ Council. 


Saudi king arrives in Egypt on official visit

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Saudi king arrives in Egypt on official visit

  • King Salman will head the Saudi delegation at the EU-Arab states summit
  • Ways to strengthen Saudi-Egyptian ties will be discussed during the king’s visit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived in Egypt Saturday on an official visit, during which he will attend the EU-Arab Summit, the Saudi Press Agency reported.  

The king will head the Saudi delegation at the summit, which is due to be held in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. 

The two-day summit is billed as a starting point for the Arab League and the EU to boost cooperation on shared strategic priorities including migration, security and climate change.

Economic development, the Palestinian question, and the conflicts in Libya, Syria and Yemen are also up for discussion.

The king's visit is a response to an invitation from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who will host the two-day summit.

Ways to strengthen Saudi-Egyptian ties will be discussed during the visit.