King Salman received Somali prime minister

King Salman received Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre of Somalia, Oct. 10, 2018. (SPA)
Updated 11 October 2018

King Salman received Somali prime minister

JEDDAH: King Salman received Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre and his accompanying delegation at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed bilateral cooperation between the Kingdom and Somalia, ways of enhancing it and the latest developments in the region and the Horn of Africa.

Later, Khayre met with the Saudi Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Hamad bin Sulaiman Al-Bazai. They discussed ways to strengthen relations.

King Salman also met Egypt’s minister of justice, Mohamed Hossam Abdel-Rahim, currently on a visit to the Kingdom.

The minister conveyed to the king the greetings of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt, while the king extended his greetings to the president.

During the meeting, they reviewed  bilateral cooperation between the Kingdom and Egypt  in the field of justice, especially the conclusion of an executive program between the ministries of justice in  both countries to exchange legal expertise.

Saudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead

Updated 20 October 2018

Saudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead

  • The journalist died after a fistfight at the consulate in Istanbul
  • Deputy intelligence chief, royal court adviser removed from positions, 18 Saudis arrested

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the death of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying a preliminary investigation indicated he lost his life after a fight at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul... devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death,” the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the public prosecutor.
Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with the incident and the investigation is ongoing, the public prosecutor said.
“The Kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place and stresses the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts to the public opinion, to hold all those involved accountable and bring them to justice,” a statement on the SPA said.
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the consulate to complete paperwork related to his divorce.
Deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Al-Asiri was removed from his position and Saud Al-Qahtani from his advisory role at the Royal Court, through royal decrees.
Three other intelligence officials who were also sacked have been named as Mohammad bin Saleh Al-Rumaih, Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Shaya and Rashad bin Hamed Al-Muhamadi.
King Salman also ordered the creation of a ministerial committee, headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to restructure the country’s General Intelligence agency and issue the results of its work within a month.
Members of the committee include the interior and foreign ministers as well as the heads of the General Intelligence and State Security.
A team of Saudi investigators were sent to Istanbul and have been working on the case with Turkish detectives, who entered the consulate on Thursday.
Earlier in the week, Saudi Arabia promised a thorough and transparent investigation into what happened to the journalist in Turkey.