Saudi Arabia welcomes Turkish Khashoggi case cooperation

Jamal Khashoggi disappeared on Oct. 2. (AFP)
Updated 12 October 2018

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.


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 19 August 2019

Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”