Saudi Arabia bans poultry imports from Malaysia over bird flu fears

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture issued a temporary ban on importing living birds from Malaysia. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 03 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia bans poultry imports from Malaysia over bird flu fears

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture issued a temporary ban on importing living birds, hatching eggs and chicks from Malaysia.
Head of the General Livestock Risk Assessment Department, Sanad Al-Harby, said the measure is to follow up on the state of veterinary health in countries around the world.
The measure is also intended to study the warning letter issued by the World Organization for Animal Health, which states the emergence of bird flu or avian influenza cases in Malaysia.
The step was a precautionary measure to avoid the spillover of the disease to the Kingdom.


Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death ‘a good first step’

Updated 20 October 2018
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Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death ‘a good first step’

  • Trump said that Saudi Arabia has been a great ally
  • The president said he wanted to talk to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on what to do next

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona: US President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a US response.

The president spoke to the media at a defense roundtable in Arizona hours after Saudi Arabia claimed that Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor last seen on Oct. 2, was killed in a "fistfight" at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The kingdom also said that 18 suspects were in custody and that intelligence officials had been fired.

Asked by a reporter whether he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation for Khashoggi's death was credible, Trump said, "I do. I do." But he said before he decided what to do next, he wanted to talk to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Saudi Arabia has been a great ally, but what happened is unacceptable," Trump said. Regarding the Saudi arrests, he said, "It's a big first step. It's only a first step, but it's a big first step."