King Salman holds talks with Bahraini king in Diriyah

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman held talks with the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa at Auja Palace in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 03 November 2018

King Salman holds talks with Bahraini king in Diriyah

RIYADH: King Salman received Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa on Saturday at Al-Auja Palace in the Saudi town of Diriyah.

They reviewed bilateral relations, and the latest regional and international developments. The meeting was attended by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, State Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdul Aziz, and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.

King Hamad thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their continuous fraternal support for Bahrain.

“On this occasion, which brings us together on one position and as if with the heart of one man, we express our categorical rejection of the systematic campaigns and slanderous media statements against Saudi Arabia,” King Hamad said, demanding an end to such campaigns.

He expressed his “full confidence in the integrity and independence of the capable Saudi judiciary” to investigate the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The judiciary is known for its “fairness,” which emanates from Saudi policies, King Hamad said, reiterating his solidarity with the Kingdom. 

Both countries are forward-looking and committed to the principles of coexistence and peace among the peoples of the world, he added.

Saudi Arabia ‘strongly condemns’ Houthi attack on Yemen UN monitors

Updated 17 min 29 sec ago

Saudi Arabia ‘strongly condemns’ Houthi attack on Yemen UN monitors

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Friday strongly condemned the targeting of “UN personnel by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen” after cease-fire monitors came under fire.
The attack took place on Thursday in Hodeidah, where a truce agreed in talks in Sweden came into force last month.
The Houthi militia “have violated their signed commitments in Stockholm and continue to flout international law and escalate their aggression against the Yemeni people,” Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman tweeted on Friday.

The UN said one round of small arms fire struck a UN-marked armored vehicle that was part of convoy carrying chief monitor Patrick Cammaert.
The UN monitors arrived in Hodeida — the entry point for the bulk of Yemen’s imports — on Dec. 23. The UN Security Council this week agreed to expand the force to 75 monitors.