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, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.