No indication sisters found dead in NY were killed: Police

In this undated police sketch provided by the New York Police Department, sisters Rotana, left and Tala Farea are shown. (New York Police Department via AP)
Updated 04 November 2018
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No indication sisters found dead in NY were killed: Police

  • The two young women, identified as Rotana Farea, 22, and her sister Tala, 16, were found on the banks of the Hudson River last week
  • It has since emerged that the sisters were Saudi nationals, and had run away several times from their family’s home in Virginia

NEW YORK: New York police on Friday said they had no evidence indicating that two sisters whose bodies were found duct-taped together in Manhattan had been killed.
“There is nothing pointing to a crime as of yet,” said a New York Police Department spokesman, adding that “it is still very much a live investigation” without providing details of any probable cause of death.
The two young women, identified as Rotana Farea, 22, and her sister Tala Farea, 16, were found on the banks of the Hudson River last week with no visible signs of trauma, dressed all in black, with fur-trimmed coat collars, and bound together at the ankles and waist by duct tape.
It has since emerged that the sisters were Saudi nationals, and had run away several times from their family’s home in Virginia where they had not lived since the end of 2017.
They had been placed in a shelter but left Fairfax County in August and set out for New York.
They stayed in several different upscale hotels in the city and maxed out a credit card, according to an NYPD spokesman quoted by US media.
A witness reportedly saw the two girls early on Oct. 24 on a playground near the Hudson, where they appeared to be praying.
Police said the two sisters were alive when they entered the river that separates New York from New Jersey.
Suicide is among the hypotheses as to the cause of their deaths.
Another rumor raised in the mysterious case alleges that the Saudi Embassy threatened the two sisters or their family with repatriation for seeking asylum in the US, and that they were afraid.
A police official appeared to confirm Friday that the two girls had indeed applied for asylum, but did not provide further detail.
Fatimah Baeshen, spokeswoman for Saudi Arabia’s US Embassy in Washington, tweeted that “Reports that we ordered anyone related to the Saudi sisters, Tala and Rotana Farea, God rest their souls, (who recently died tragically in NY), to leave the US for seeking asylum, are absolutely false.”


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.