Saudi interior minister, Kazakh president meet in Astana

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif meets Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 02 November 2018
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Saudi interior minister, Kazakh president meet in Astana

  • They discussed the enhancement of cooperation between the two countries and the latest developments at the international arena
  • Nazarbayev underscored the contribution of Prince Abdul Aziz to the strengthening of relations between the two nations

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif met with Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana on Thursday.
The minister conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the president, and their wishes of constant progress and prosperity to the government and people of Kazakhstan.
During the meeting, they discussed the enhancement of cooperation between the two countries and the latest developments at the international arena.
Nazarbayev underscored the contribution of Prince Abdul Aziz to the strengthening of relations between the two nations.
“Saudi Arabia is our crucial and reliable partner in the Islamic world. We are interested in further deepening of political and economic ties between our states. Therefore, I have invited King Salman and the crown prince to visit Kazakhstan,” said Nazarbayev in a press statement.
The meeting was attended by Saudi Ambassador to Kazakhstan Dr. Thaher bin Mutesh Al-Enezi and President of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov.


Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

Updated 11 min 16 sec ago
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Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed in the country’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 after a struggle by a lethal injection and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, Shalaan Al-Shalaan, deputy public prosecutor and spokesman, told reporters in Riyadh on Thursday.

Khashoggi’s body parts were then handed over to a local Turkish agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said, adding that a sketch of the agent has been prepared and will be handed over to the Turkish authorities.

He said that the head of Khashoggi’s repatriation team was the one who ordered the killing of the victim, adding that the investigations into the whereabouts of the victim’s body are still ongoing.

Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Turkey’s Istanbul consulate on October 2. (Reuters)

He noted that the mission of the team was to persuade Khashoggi to return to the kingdom.

The prosecutor said a former adviser had been due to meet the team that was ordered to repatriate journalist Khashoggi, who was killed after efforts to negotiate his return failed.

He added that the ex-advisor had been banned from travelling and remained under investigation, and that the case has been transferred to court while investigations continue.

Al-Shalaan said Saudi Arabia has requested Turkey to sign a cooperation deal on a probe into the murder of Khashoggi.

“We have requested the brotherly Turkish authorities to sign a special cooperation mechanism specific to this case in order to provide them with the results of the investigation,” he said, adding that “the public prosecutor is still awaiting a response to these requests.”