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.


Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

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Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

MOSCOW: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Wednesday, for a working session alongside its director general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
The two sides discussed areas ripe for collaboration, including possible investments in the space sector as well as joint training programs and shared technological research.
Prince Sultan stressed the importance of the relationship between the two countries, and that it was essential to maintain it for both to progress in the increasingly competitive global space sector. He cited growing investment and cooperation as reasons to be optimistic, and highlighted the work of a joint commission between the two currently developing a Saudi national space strategy.
Rogozin said “Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence.”
The two nations possess unique heritage in terms of cosmic exploration. Saudi Arabia was the first Arab (and, indeed, the first Muslim) nation to send an astronaut into space — Prince Sultan himself, in 1985. The Soviet Union, meanwhile, which preceded the Russian Federation, was the first nation to send a man into orbit, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961.