Saudi Arabia welcomes Turkish Khashoggi case cooperation

Jamal Khashoggi disappeared on Oct. 2. (AFP)
Updated 12 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia welcomes Turkish Khashoggi case cooperation

  • A Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement on Friday "expressed a high appreciation of such a positive move"
  • Turkey said on Thursday it had accepted a proposal from Saudi Arabia to cooperate on the investigation

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the Turkish presidency’s positive response to Saudi Arabia's request to set up a joint working group to investigate the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement on Friday "expressed a high appreciation of such a positive move" and that it had full confidence in the joint action team through to carry out the tasks that it was entrusted with.

Turkey said on Thursday it had accepted a proposal from Saudi Arabia to cooperate on the investigation.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and journalist who had been based in the US, has been missing since Oct. 2, when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

A security delegation consisting of Saudi investigators arrived in Istanbul on Saturday to participate in the investigations.


Saudi Arabia jumps 5 places in UN's World Happiness Report

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Saudi Arabia jumps 5 places in UN's World Happiness Report

LONDON: Saudi Arabia has jumped up the rankings of the world's happiest countries, according to a new UN report.

The Kingdom is now 28th out of the 156 countries included in the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network's 2019 World Happiness Report, which was published on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia climbed five places compared to 2018 and is now the third happiest country in the Middle East and Africa, with just Israel and the UAE in front.

Finland topped the rankings for the second year in a row, with other Nordic countries taking the leading spots along with the Netherlands and Switzerland. The United States was ranked in 19th place.

South Sudan came last with Yemen and Syria the Arab countries making up the bottom 10.

The list ranks countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.

*With Reuters

The top countries:

1. Finland

2. Denmark

3. Norway 

4. Iceland

5. Netherlands

6. Switzerland

7. Sweden

8. New Zealand

9. Canada

10. Austria

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21. UAE

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28. Saudi Arabia 

Bottom countries

147. Haiti 

148. Botswana

149. Syria

150. Malawi

151. Yemen 

152. Rwanda

153. Tanzania 

154. Afghanistan 

155. Central African Republic

156. South Sudan