Bahrain ‘rejects’ attacks targeting Saudi’s reputation

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is received by Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in Manama, Bahrain, Nov. 26, 2018. (File/Bandar Algaloud)
Updated 26 November 2018
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Bahrain ‘rejects’ attacks targeting Saudi’s reputation

  • Bahrain king praises ties with Saudi Arabia
  • King Hamad says Saudi Arabia is a 'nation of security, safety, justice and rights'

DUBAI: Bahrain has said it “completely rejects” attempts to tarnish the reputation of Saudi Arabia after scrutiny since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was in Manama Sunday night for talks with Bahrain’s King Hamad as part of a regional tour, the state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
“The king reiterated Bahrain’s complete rejection of attempts targeting Saudi Arabia,” said a statement carried by BNA on Monday.
“Saudi Arabia is a nation of security, safety, justice and rights.”
Prince Mohammed visited Abu Dhabi Thursday as he began his first tour abroad since the murder of the Saudi journalist in October.
He was killed and reportedly dismembered in what Saudi Arabia said was a “rogue” operation AFP reported.
Prince Mohammed began his regional tour at the request of his father, King Salman, according to the Saudi Press Agency, which said he would visit “brotherly” Arab countries.
The Egyptian presidency said the prince is due to arrive in Cairo for talks with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Prince Mohammed is expected to attend the G20 summit in Argentina next week.


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

Updated 23 March 2019
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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”