Expats ‘feel safer’ in Kingdom than homeland

Updated 19 August 2015

Expats ‘feel safer’ in Kingdom than homeland

RIYADH: Expatriates feel Saudi Arabia is a safer place than their home countries despite the fact that the Kingdom is leading a war against the Yemeni rebels and other terror organizations and a couple of suicide attacks in the recent past.
Mahmoud Talaat, an Egyptian IT manager, said that being in KSA is such a pleasure. “I came to Saudi Arabia after the uprising in 2011. There was chaos in Egypt at that time. When I arrived in the Kingdom, I found peace and safety.”
Elham M., a Yemeni woman, said that in view of the prevailing circumstances in her country, the Kingdom is definitely a much safer place than the home country. “Saudi Arabi is my land and the way (Saudi) soldiers are sacrificing their lives for the safety of another country (Yemen) is beyond description,” a visibly emotional Elham added.
A Sudanese, who requested anonymity, said he enjoys staying in the Kingdom. Asked about the new developments in KSA, he said if he did not read it in the news, he wouldn’t have thought that there was Saudi Arabia was in war with Yemen. “Despite all this, the Kingdom is the safest country in the region.”
Persad P. a Sri Lankan citizen, said that when he chose Saudi Arabia to be his first destination. “Although there is war on the borders, we feel very safe inside the country.”
Nagwa Mousa, an Egyptian doctor, said Operation Decisive Storm and the relief works in Yemen reflect the humanitarian gesture of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.

‘Individuals responsible for Khashoggi's death were out of scope of their authority’, Saudi FM tells Fox News

Updated 21 October 2018

‘Individuals responsible for Khashoggi's death were out of scope of their authority’, Saudi FM tells Fox News

  • Al-Jubeir said "conflicting reports" about whether Khashoggi had left consulate in Istanbul prompted probe
  • Said Kingdom was working on finding out location of the body and determining full details

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Sunday that King Salman is determined to hold to account those responsible in the case regarding the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“The individuals did this out of the scope of their authority,” Jubeir told Fox News’ Bret Baierhe during an exclusive interview, adding that none of those involved in Khashoggi’s death had close ties to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“There were not people closely tied to him. This was an operation that was a rogue operation,” he said.

He added that conflicting reports about whether Khashoggi had left the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul prompted a probe into his disappearance, and that Saudi Arabia will continue to put out information on the case "as it becomes available."

The Saudi foreign minister offered his condolences to the family of Khashoggi and said the death was a "tremendous mistake."

Al-Jubeir added that Saudi Arabia was working on finding out the location of Khashoggi’s body and determining the full details into what happened.

He told the news program that Saudi-US ties would "weather" the Khashoggi case.