DiplomaticQuarter: Sri Lankan envoy meets governor during visit to KSA’s Eastern Province

Ambassador Azmi Thassim meets Prince Saud bin Naif.
Updated 12 September 2018
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DiplomaticQuarter: Sri Lankan envoy meets governor during visit to KSA’s Eastern Province

RIYADH: Azmi Thassim, the Sri Lankan ambassador in Riyadh, visited Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif on Tuesday to discuss the work of the Sri Lankan Embassy in the region.

“Paid a visit to the region and met with the governor of the Eastern Province and several senior officials,” the ambassador said.

He also updated the governor on the current situation in Sri Lanka, he said.

The ambassador also visited the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Eastern Province, where he met officials and highlighted the importance of a monthly mobile consular service to the Sri Lankans working and living in the region.

In addition, he met the deputy mayor and education officials from the region and senior officials from the Dammam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also spent time with the director general of prison affairs in the province and visited prisons in Dammam to meet male and female inmates.

The envoy also visited a number of private-sector companies in Dammam to discuss trends in the Saudi economy and how they could be utilized to benefit of Sri Lanka. He also visited the monthly mobile consular service the embassy provides in the Dammam area, and traveled to Al-Ahsa and Jubail Industrial City where he met Sri Lankan workers.

The ambassador also held a meeting with officials from the Eastern Province Sri Lanka Culture Club to discuss ways of enhancing embassy services in the province.

Madhuka Wickramarachchi, the minister counselor, and A L M Jabeer, protocol officer at the Sri Lankan Embassy, accompanied the ambassador during the visit.


US welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Khashoggi investigation as ‘step in the right direction’

Updated 16 November 2018
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US welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Khashoggi investigation as ‘step in the right direction’

  • State department says steps must continue to be taken toward full accountability
  • Arab and Western countries welcomed the steps taken in the investigation

JEDDAH: The United States welcomed the details of Saudi Arabia’s investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi as a “good first step” on Thursday.

The comments came as a host of countries responded positively to a briefing from the Kingdom’s public prosecution that said it had identified 21 suspects in the killing of the Saudi journalist at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.

The prosecution on Thursday called for five people to receive the death penalty as it revealed the details of the investigation so far.

“We regard the announcement that they made as a good first step, it's a step in the right direction,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

“It is an initial investigation finding. It is important that those steps continue to be taken toward full accountability.”

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Both Arab and Western countries welcomed the steps taken by the investigation outlined in the briefing.

The Arab League expressed support for the measures taken by the Kingdom.

“The measures are seen as reflecting the great interest of the Kingdom to reach those responsible for committing the murder and take the firm and decisive action against them,” the League’s  Secretariat General said.

The statement also urged Turkey to reciprocate the Kingdom’s approach by providing the evidence in the case and meet Saudi demands to form a joint mechanism for cooperation on the investigation.

The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said the details of the investigation released on Thursday “confirm the Kingdom’s commitment to completing the necessary procedures in order to continue the investigation away from the politicization sought by some malicious parties.”

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) praised the statement from the Public Prosecution.

“The Saudi prosecution has clearly answered the outstanding questions, charged the responsible parties, identified the roles of those involved in this crime and announced all that with transparency,” OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen said.

Countries in the region were also quick to back the progress made in the case.

The UAE welcomed the findings and the measures taken to hold accountable those behind the murder.

“The measures taken corroborate the fact that Saudi Arabia will remain a state of values, and justice that respects the principles of law and justice,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.

Egypt also praised Saudi measures and called on countries to avoid politicizing the case.

The progress in the investigation “highlighted the seriousness of the Kingdom and its transparency in clarifying the truth,” the Egyptian foreign ministry said.

The Jordanian government stressed the importance of the public prosecution's announcement to charge a number of detainees in the case.

"This announcement is an important step towards achieving justice through the investigations' results," Amman said.

Other governments to issue statements welcoming the Kingdom’s steps included Djibouti and Palestine.

Meanwhile, France's foreign ministry said the investigation was a “step in the right direction.”