Saudi interior minister slams ‘false accusations’ on Khashoggi’s disappearance

Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia's minister of interior. (SPA)
Updated 13 October 2018
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Saudi interior minister slams ‘false accusations’ on Khashoggi’s disappearance

  • News reports about orders to kill Khashoggi "are lies and baseless allegations", the minister says
  • Turkey said on Thursday it had accepted a proposal from Saudi Arabia to cooperate on the investigation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of interior, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, on Saturday denounced the "false accusations" being circulated in some media outlets linking the Saudi government and people to the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

News reports about orders to kill Khashoggi "are lies and baseless allegations", the minister said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

He said the government of Saudi Arabia is "committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with international laws and conventions."

Prince Abdulaziz noted that Saudi Arabia and Turkey have agree to conduct a joint investigation and it is important for the media to report only the facts and "not to affect the paths of investigation and judicial proceedings."

"He also stressed the Kingdom's keenness on the interest of its citizens at home and abroad and its keenness in particular to clarify the whole truth about the disappearance of the citizen Jamal Khashoggi," the SPA report said. 

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 to secure divorce papers.

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

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


King Salman to inaugurate key mining, industrial projects

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King Salman to inaugurate key mining, industrial projects

  • The king will visit Waad Al-Shamal City for Mining Industries in the northern borders to inaugurate a number of mining and industrial projects
  • The Saudi Cabinet noted the visit by King Salman to Qassim and Hail, attending citizens’ celebrations as well as his inauguration of a number of development projects

JEDDAH: King Salman will visit the northern regions of the Kingdom next week to inaugurate a number of development projects.
The king will also visit Waad Al-Shamal City for Mining Industries in the northern borders to inaugurate a number of mining and industrial projects, the Royal Court said in a statement on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Abdullah Al Al-Asheikh announced that the king will inaugurate the activities of the third year of the seventh session of the Shoura Council next Monday. The king will deliver a speech on Saudi Arabia’s internal and external policy.
The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday also noted the visit by King Salman to the two regions of Qassim and Hail, attending citizens’ celebrations as well as his inauguration and laying the cornerstone of a number of development projects.
This reflects the king’s directives to provide services for all citizens and regions in the Kingdom for the achievement of further growth and development.
The Cabinet also commended the king’s directive to release prisoners and the insolvent in the regions of Qassim and Hail and pay their debts, considering it an extension of his care for insolvent and limited-income citizens.
The Cabinet reviewed the Kingdom’s support for the Palestinian cause, pointing to the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)’s transfer of the Kingdom’s financial contribution to support the Palestinian Authority’s budget for August, September and October 2018, including an additional contribution totaling $60 million.
The Cabinet reiterated Saudi Arabia’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the bombing that took place in Mosul, northern Iraq; the suicide attacks in the Iraqi capital of Mogadishu and the Afghani capital of Kabul; and the attack in the city of Melbourne, Australia, confirming the Kingdom’s rejection of violence, terrorism and extremism, offering condolences to the families of the dead and wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
The Cabinet reviewed a number of scientific and cultural activities, stressing that the patronage of King Salman of the honoring ceremony of winners of the eighth King Khalid Award is considered an expression of his support for the prize to achieve its humanitarian, social and developmental goals.