Saudi cabinet refuses politicization of Khashoggi murder in Istanbul

King Salman chaired a weekly Cabinet session in Tabuk on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 21 November 2018
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Saudi cabinet refuses politicization of Khashoggi murder in Istanbul

  • King Salman chaired a weekly Cabinet session in Tabuk on Tuesday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's Cabinet has rejected the politicization of the murder of Saudi citizen and journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.

The announcement came following a weekly Cabinet session, chaired by King Salman in Tabuk on Tuesday.

In statements to the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Information Minister Dr. Awwad bin Saleh al-Awwad said the ministers expressed gratitude to friendly and fraternal nations and organizations for their welcoming of the General Prosecution's statement on the findings in Khashoggi's murder.

Al-Awwad hailed them for refusing to politicize this humanitarian affair that has been referred to the Saudi judiciary and which will issue verdicts against the suspects.

In a speech addressing the Kingdom’s council of ministers, King Salman briefed them on the details of a written message that he delivered earlier this week to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah.

King Salman also briefed them on the discussions he held on Sunday with visiting Iraqi President Barham Salih, following a meeting in Riyadh, where they discussed bilateral ties and ways of developing them in various fields.

The attending ministers hailed King Salman’s remarks on Saudi internal and foreign policy, as well as his pride in the comprehensive development witnessed in the Kingdom in line with its Vision 2030.

On Yemen, the Cabinet praised Saudi Arabia and the UAE for launching a $500 million initiative to address the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country.

They also announced that the Kingdom and the UAE will launch another initiative for food security that will reach 10-12 million Yemenis.

Al-Awwad pointed out that the Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom's affirmation during an emergency Arab League meeting at the level of Permanent Representatives in Cairo, condemning the Israeli violations in Gaza, based on its permanent stance towards the Palestinian cause. It reaffirmed its solidarity with the Palestinian people in restoring their legitimate historic rights.

Finally, the Saudi Information minister said that the Cabinet has approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Saudi Arabia and Turkey on cooperation in the housing sector.


Formula E’s Felipe Massa races ‘fastest animal on planet’ in Saudi Arabia

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Formula E’s Felipe Massa races ‘fastest animal on planet’ in Saudi Arabia

  • ABB FIA Formula E Championship listens to fans by pitting Gen2 car and Felipe Massa in race against a peregrine falcon in Saudi Arabia
  • Spreading his wings for the first time in Formula E machinery, 90-kilometers south-west of the Ad Diriyah, Massa’s mirrors loomed large with the claws of the peregrine falcon

RIYADH: Formula E driver Felipe Massa behind the wheel of a Gen2 racing car has gone up against a peregrine falcon in a straight fight in Saudi Arabia to outrun the fastest animal on the planet.

It’s not the first time the fully-electric Formula E car has been pitted against a member of the animal kingdom, with reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne racing a cheetah on the Western Cape of South Africa last year.

Narrowly edging out the fastest land mammal in 2017, Formula E fans asked for a re-match — but this time together with more stern competition. Listening to the feedback of fans on social media, it was the turn of the peregrine falcon, capable of reaching speeds in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph) when diving through the skies above Saudi Arabia.

Massa was in the Kingdom ahead of the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix, which will see the racing legend line-up on the Formula E starting grid for the first time on December 15 at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site on the outskirts of Riyadh.

For the battle of man and machine vs the natural world, the winged predator was trained to set its sights on a different kind of prey roaming through the desert — with a lure attached to the roll hoop of the advanced new-look Gen2 car.

Spreading his wings for the first time in Formula E machinery, 90-kilometers south-west of the Ad Diriyah, Massa’s mirrors loomed large with the claws of the peregrine falcon. But did he manage to shake off his opponent?

To watch Felipe and the falcon in flying formation, visit — https://youtu.be/ERxeaV60_7g

Felipe Massa, VENTURI Formula E Team driver, said: “It was an incredible experience for me to race against the fastest member of the animal kingdom — it’s not something I will forget in a hurry. I like the fact that this idea came from the fans, and Formula E listened and accepted the challenge.

“The footage from the drive is very special and it was a privilege to take part. I’m looking forward to returning to Ad Diriyah and to start racing. It’ll be my first race in Formula E and I’m eager to get behind the wheel again. I’ve missed racing and this series has shown to be one of the most competitive out there.”

The 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix is the opening round of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the competitive debut of the Gen2 car and VENTURI Formula E Team driver Felipe Massa.

As well as Formula E action, exciting fan zones, entertainment and cultural attractions, plus unique dining and retail experiences will be awaiting ticketholders at Ad Diriyah, across three days, starting December 13.

That evening, December 13, will see Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo kick off the first of three incredible nights of music concerts for fans. The following day, December 14, Arab music legend Amr Diab and globally-renowned pop band Black Eyed Peas will delight the audience. And, on December 15, race day, following the exhilarating 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix, US smash hit OneRepublic and superstar DJ/producer David Guetta will bring the event to an electrifying finale.

Only fans holding tickets will be able to access the entire Ad Diriyah site, including all the action, fun, and thrilling complimentary concerts.

Tickets are on sale at http://fiaformulae.com/Ad-Diriyah and are also available at Point of Sale units at Riyadh Park Mall, Oud Square and Doos Carting (only Grandstand tickets from Doos) and Seven Car Lounge.