Saudi Arabia, UAE boost cooperation as multiple joint projects announced

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed signed the agreements. (SPA)
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The first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Jeddah. (SPA)
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The first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Jeddah. (SPA)
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The first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Jeddah. (SPA)
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The first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Jeddah. (SPA)
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The first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Jeddah. (SPA)
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The first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Jeddah. (SPA)
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The first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Jeddah. (SPA)
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The first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Jeddah. (SPA)
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The first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Jeddah. (SPA)
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The first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 07 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia, UAE boost cooperation as multiple joint projects announced

  • The strategic partnership seeks to move the two allies closer on economic and security grounds as well as developing better living standard for citizens
  • Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince said that the two countries have an opportunity to create an exceptional Arab model of cooperation

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE have outlined a unified vision aimed at boosting the two nations’ global stature by announcing 44 joint projects. 

The “Ala’azm (Determination) Strategy” was discussed by 350 officials from both countries involving 139 governmental, sovereign and military bodies over 12 months. The strategy focuses on three main pillars: economy; human and knowledge; and politics, security and military.

The strategic partnership seeks to move the two allies closer on economic and security grounds as well as developing a better living standard for citizens.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan chaired the first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Jeddah on Thursday.

During the meeting, the structure of the coordination council was announced with the aim of boosting joint cooperation on the implementation of projects.

The leaders of the two countries have set 60 months (five years) to implement the strategy’s projects, which aim to build an integrated model between the two countries that supports joint GCC cooperation and contributes to protecting interests in addition to creating new opportunities.

The council seeks to develop a joint vision to deepen bilateral relations in line with the objectives set by the Gulf Cooperation Council to strengthen economic integration between the two sides and develop innovative solutions for optimum use of resources while building an efficient and integrated education system based on creating a qualified workforce. 

Abu Dhabi’s crown prince said that the two countries have an opportunity to create an exceptional Arab model of cooperation. 

He said that the solidarity and unity between Saudi Arabia and the UAE “protects our interests and strengthens our economies and builds a better future for our citizens.”

On the sidelines of the first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, 20 memorandums of understanding were signed between the two countries to implement projects of the Strategy of Resolve.


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.