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 crown prince meets families of servicemen killed in line of duty

Updated 14 November 2018
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Saudi crown prince meets families of servicemen killed in line of duty

  • The prince welcomed the guests and passed on the greetings and appreciation of King Salman to all the families of all those killed

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the first deputy prime minister and minister of defense, has met the families of members of the armed and security forces killed in the line of duty.
At the start of the reception, at the Royal Court on Nov. 13, the prince welcomed the guests and passed on the greetings and appreciation of King Salman to all the families of all those killed and the ruler’s pride in their sacrifices in defense of their religion and homeland. Prince Mohammed said many other families of fallen officers were not present at the gathering but that efforts would be made to meet them all, and that all families of fallen and wounded servicemen are cherished.
“We have assigned departments concerned with the families of the martyrs of the duty, wherever they are, to fulfill their requirements and to communicate with them, and we are in fact” one united family, the crown prince said.
He added that he was pleased to meet the families, and asked God to welcome those who had died, heal the injured, bless the efforts of the armed forces and security forces, and guide them to victory and success.
The families expressed happiness at meeting the crown prince and asked him to convey their greetings and appreciation to King Salman. Prince Mohammed was joined at the reception by other members of the royal family and officials.