Saudi foreign minister meets with Indonesian counterpart

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, left, speaks to journalists during a joint press conference with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, right, after their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP)
Updated 23 October 2018

Saudi foreign minister meets with Indonesian counterpart

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, met on Tuesday with his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, in the capital Jakarta.
During the meeting, the pair discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and means of enhancing them in various fields, in addition to matters of mutual interest and the top regional and international developments.
The meeting was attended by the director general of the foreign minister’s office, Ambassador Khalid bin Musaed Al-Anqari, and the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia, Osama bin Mohammed Al-Shuaibi.
Al-Jubeir also headed the Saudi delegation at the 10th ministerial meeting of the Saudi-Indonesian Joint Committee, which was also held in Jakarta, while Marsudi headed the Indonesian side.
The meeting discussed bilateral relations and means of enhancing cooperation between the two countries and witnessed the signing of several agreement during the committee’s 10th meeting.
After that, Al-Jubeir held a joint press conference with his Indonesian counterpart and highlighted the strong relations between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
The Saudi foreign minister emphasized that King Salman pays great attention to the tragic incident that claimed the life of citizen Jamal Khashoggi.
“When King Salman learned about the incident, he immediately communicated with the president of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and gave his order to dispatch a Saudi team to Turkey to investigate the case and find the truth about what happened,” he said.
He added that King Salman directed the attorney-general ten days ago to investigate the case, reveal its circumstances, and discover what occured.
Al-Jubeir pointed out that King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are closely following the developments of the Khashoggi case and are keen to reveal all the relevant facts in order to hold those involved accountable.

Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

DUBAI: Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh.

A spokesperson from the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security also said that three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

“The security authorities in the Presidency managed to thwart the terrorist act targeting the center of investigations ... and dealt with them as required by the situation,” the spokesman was quoted by SPA as saying.

The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined by government authorities, the news agency added.

Special security personnel were still working on the site to assess and identify the explosive materials that the terrorists had in their possession, the spokesperson said, and the findings would be announced later.

The suspects, who were on board a car, tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security to prevent the vehicle from gaining access into the compund.

Two gunmen died during the initial exchange of fire with the security forces, while one was killed as he attempted to flee. The fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt,  pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported.