Cabinet welcomes joint Saudi-Turkish Khashoggi probe

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman chairs the weekly Cabinet session in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman chairs the weekly Cabinet session in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman chairs the weekly Cabinet session in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Cabinet welcomes joint Saudi-Turkish Khashoggi probe

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet on Tuesday welcomed Turkey’s acceptance of the Kingdom’s request to form a joint team of specialists from both countries to investigate the circumstances behind the disappearance of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.
At a session chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, the Cabinet thanked all countries, organizations, parliaments, authorities and people who prefer the search for truth rather than jumping to conclusions, spreading rumors and making accusations.
“The Kingdom’s commitment to the UN Charter and the principles of international legitimacy are the cornerstones of its foreign policy,” the Cabinet said.
The ministers reiterated the Kingdom’s support for the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide, particularly in the Middle East.
The Cabinet also condemned attacks targeting election rallies in the Afghan provinces of Takhar and Lashkargah, a school in the Kenyan city of Mandera, and a restaurant and hotel in the Somali town of Baidoa.
It expressed its condolences to the families of the victims, and to the governments of Kenya, Somalia and Afghanistan.
The Cabinet wished the injured a speedy recovery, and reiterated the Kingdom’s firm stand against terrorism in all its forms.


Deal signed to localize 80,000 jobs in real estate, contracting

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Deal signed to localize 80,000 jobs in real estate, contracting

  • The deal aims to increase the Saudization rate and motivate growth in the real estate and contracting sectors

JEDDAH: A memorandum of cooperation (MoC) was signed on Wednesday to localize 80,000 jobs for men and women in the real estate and contracting sectors starting this year until the end of 2020. 

The MoC aims to increase the Saudization rate and motivate growth in the real estate and contracting sectors. 

It was signed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the Housing Ministry, the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) and the Saudi Contractors Authority (SCA).

The signing ceremony was attended by Housing Minister Majed Al-Hogail, Labor and Social Development Minister and HRDF Chairman Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi, Deputy Labor and Social Development Minister Dr. Abdullah bin Nasser Abuthnain, and SCA Chairman Osama bin Hassan Al-Afaliq, among others.

Under the MoC, the partners will work to localize human capital in the real estate and contracting sectors, providing job opportunities for Saudis, and improving employees’ skills.

The MoC’s clauses provide for coordination between the relevant parties to monitor the impact of Saudization on the sectors, issue legislation and regulations to achieve targets, and increase employment rates. 

The partners agreed to form a joint team of specialists to develop a working mechanism, provide a detailed plan to ensure effective implementation, and submit regular progress reports.