Saudi embassy in Moscow issues guide to fans attending World Cup

Russian police guard the access to Argentina's base camp after the squad arrives in Bronnitsy, near Moscow, on Sunday, June 10, 2018, ahead of the FIFA World Cup Russia first match against Iceland at Spartak stadium in Moscow on June 16. (AFP / JUAN MABROMATA)
Updated 10 June 2018
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Saudi embassy in Moscow issues guide to fans attending World Cup

  • Saudi citizens are required to register their passports at the Saudi Embassy through the Saudi Foreign Ministry’s website.  
  • Saudis are also warned that smoking indoors is not allowed, and carrying cash in foreign currency is a must, since Saudi riyals are not accepted. 

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Moscow has issues a guide list for citizens planning to attend the FIFA World Cup matches in Russia.

A statement published on local newspapers said Saudi citizens are advised to carry their passports all the time along with a FAN ID, an identification document required by the Russian authorities.

It also said citizens should register their residential address at the Immigration and Passport Department, while advising them to ensure the accuracy of their personal data.

Upon arrival, citizens should register their passports at the embassy through the Foreign Ministry’s website.  

It also urged citizens to avoid crowded areas, walking late at night, and to stay away form suspicious individuals. 

The embassy encouraged the citizens attending the football matches to cheer for their national team, and avoid any racial, national, religious remarks at or outside the stadium. 

It also advised passegners not to carry on more than $10,000 or 9,000 euros while traveling, otherwise they have to inform authorities. 

It advised them to avoid stopping taxi cars on street and to rely instead on authorized taxi-calling apps such as UBER, GETT and YANDEX. 

It reminded citizens that smoking indoors is not allowed, and carrying cash in foreign currency is a must, since Saudi riyals are not accepted. 


Trump slams rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi disappearance

Updated 17 October 2018
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Trump slams rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi disappearance

  • ‘I think we have to find out what happened first’
  • ‘Here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent. I don’t like that’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the mystery of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning of a rush to judgment and echoing the Saudis’ request for patience.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump compared the case of Khashoggi to the allegations of sexual assault leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

“I think we have to find out what happened first,” Trump said. “Here we go again with, you know, you’re guilty until proven innocent. I don’t like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I’m concerned.”

The Oval Office interview came not long after Trump spoke Tuesday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He spoke by phone a day earlier with King Salman.

After speaking with the king, Trump floated the idea that “rogue killers” may have been responsible for the disappearance. The president told the AP on Tuesday that that description was informed by his “feeling” from his conversation with Salman and that the king did not use the term.

“It sounded to me, maybe these could have been rogue killers,” Trump said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now in Turkey and has met with President Recep Tayipp Erdogan after the senior US diplomat’s talks with King Salman and the crown prince in Riyadh on the case of 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.

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.

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.