Makkah Gov. receives British consul general

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal meets British Consul General Barrie Peach in Jeddah on Thursday. (SPA )
Updated 13 September 2018
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Makkah Gov. receives British consul general

  • During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of mutual interest

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal received British Consul General Barrie Peach in Jeddah on Thursday. During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of mutual interest.

Earlier, Prince Khaled chaired the first meeting of the Makkah Region Development Authority Council. He stressed the necessity of integrating efforts to achieve the desired development, resulting in qualitative changes at the levels of people and place.

The council reviewed the features of the organization of the region’s  and cities’ development bodies that include organizational links, the functions and competencies, the board of the commission, as well as the powers and tasks assigned to the council, the executive committee and the chief executive.

The council also reviewed the objectives of the authority, which focuses on comprehensive planning and development in all areas and providing for the needs of cities of public services and facilities.

The council is responsible for drawing up the general policies and preparing studies and comprehensive plans for development with the review of plans, programs and development projects and supervision of their implementation.

The meeting also dealt with the strategic vision and direction of the authority to develop a comprehensive vision and strategic programs to lead urban development and activate the complementary role between relevant institutions.


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.