Saudi Arabia to hold to account those involved in Khashoggi killing

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman chairs cabinet meeting. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman chairs cabinet meeting. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman during cabinet meeting. (SPA)
Updated 31 October 2018
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Saudi Arabia to hold to account those involved in Khashoggi killing

  • The Cabinet said it will "hold accountable all those who have failed in their duties no matter who they may be"

LONDON: Saudi Arabia will hold to account those responsible for journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing and those who failed in their duties, whoever they are, the Saudi cabinet said after a meeting chaired by King Salman on Tuesday.

During a cabinet meeting on Tuesday chaired by King Salman, the Kingdom vowed it will "hold accountable all those who have failed in their duties no matter who they may be," read a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency.

“The measures embody the interest of the kingdom’s leadership and its keenness for the safety of all the country’s citizens, and their determination that these measures will not stop at holding those accountable and directly responsible, but also to include corrective measures in this regard.”

The Cabinet noted that King Salman had ordered the formation of a ministerial committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to restructure the general intelligence agency.

Also during the meeting, the Saudi King went through the content of a phone call between his royal highness and the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. 

As well as discussing the outcome of his talks with Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, and Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, and the message received from President Joao Lourenco of Angola.

The Cabinet stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded on an approach derived from the Islamic Sharia whose provisions are based on achieving the right, enhancing the pillars and values of justice and its criteria and strengthening its foundations. 

Meanwhile, Minister of Culture and Information, Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency that the Cabinet session expressed appreciation for King Salman's patronage of the 2nd Session of the Global Forum "Future Investment Initiative 2018" being held in Riyadh.


EXCLUSIVE: Arab News speaks to Serie A president Gaetano Micciche ahead of Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah

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EXCLUSIVE: Arab News speaks to Serie A president Gaetano Micciche ahead of Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah

JEDDAH: From day one, Serie A president Gaetano Micciche has been a staunch defender of Saudi Arabia playing host to the Italian Super Cup. With the kick-off now mere hours away at King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah, his good faith has been rewarded.
“We have had great hospitality,” he said. “I am really glad to experience Saudi Arabia not only for myself, but for all Italian people that have arrived here for the first time. The Saudi public has been full of kindness for the Italian people. It is a great honor for Serie A and myself to be here for such an important event.”

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the Serie A chief discussed his thoughts his impressions on Jeddah and the event.
“I am happy because I now have a fair impression of the situation here,” he said. “I will surely be returning to Italy full of satisfaction and with positive ideas to return in the near future with other matches. All of the responses that I have seen have been very positive. Jeddah is a city that is rapidly evolving. It is really interesting for me and I have no doubt that there is a large and great potentiality for Jeddah to grow in the years to come.”
Micciche said he was delighted to find such a modern and beautifully built stadium.

 

King Abdullah Sports City (KASC), also known as “Al Jawhara,” Arabic for “jewel,” is the largest football stadium in Jeddah, with a maximum capacity of more than 62,000.
“I was happy to see the complex, which is one of the most beautiful in the world,” he said.
“I was especially happy to learn that the stadium has been completely sold out and that more than 15,000 women will be attending. I believe that sport in general, and football in particular, is a special factor of life. Today, two of the best Italian teams will be playing and I am sure they will put on a great match. I repeat: I am happy with all the organization, with the city, with the people, and with the hospitality.”