Italian firm ‘sacks 300 Saudi engineers’

Updated 27 December 2014
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Italian firm ‘sacks 300 Saudi engineers’

An Italian engineering consultancy company has sacked 300 Saudi engineers including master’s degree holders, working in electrical, civil and mechanical engineering departments.
The company is contracted to the Ministry of Interior. A spokesman for the ministry said the decision to fire the workers was not correct.
The engineers have declared the decision unfair, according to recent media reports.
“The company still has several Saudi and expatriate engineers working for it. We have been sacked for no justifiable or logical reason,” one sacked worker said.
“The company needs engineers in most sections and have put up ads for new engineers in the specializations we have been working,” he said.
An engineer who lost his job, Samir Al-Asmari, said all the workers received the same termination letter, but it did not say which official issued the order.
“It appears that they were sacked because the Interior Ministry does not need that many engineers for its project,” he added.
Twelve of the sacked engineers are from Asir, while the rest are from various provinces across the country. Hussain Al-Murri, director of the labor office in Asir, said an investigation has been launched.
Inspectors have discovered violations of labor regulations and would have a discussion with the company’s management, he said.


Saudi King Salman, crown prince receive US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Updated 16 October 2018
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Saudi King Salman, crown prince receive US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

  • Pompeo thanked King Salman for his commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation
  • The crown prince assured Pompeo that the US and Saudi Arabia are "old, strong allies"

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with King Salman in the Saudi capital on Tuesday, before arriving at Riyadh’s royal palace to talk with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Pompeo thanked Saudi King Salman for his commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, while the crown prince assured him that the US and Saudi Arabia are "old, strong allies."

The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman.

“I hope you are comfortable here,” the king told Pompeo, according to the reporters. Pompeo responded, “Thank you for accepting my visit on behalf of President Donald Trump.”

Pompeo will hold talks in Turkey on Wednesday, the Turkish foreign ministry said, after his visit to Riyadh.
The top American diplomat will meet his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss bilateral and regional issues including Syria, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.
The statement did not refer to the disappearance of Khashoggi after his visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to receive documents ahead of his wedding.