Prince Saud, Obama discuss Syria crisis

Updated 20 April 2013

Prince Saud, Obama discuss Syria crisis

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal and US President Barack Obama discussed the Syrian crisis and other regional and international issues during a meeting at the White House in Washington yesterday. They also discussed ways to strengthen further the bilateral relations between the US and the Kingdom.
During the meeting, the prince conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to the president.
Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel Al-Jubeir also attended the meeting.
The talks came as diplomatic sources said the European Union was considering a case-by-case easing of its oil embargo against Syria in order to help the opposition.
If formally agreed by EU foreign ministers at talks in Luxembourg, the decision would enable EU companies to import oil on a case-by-case basis from areas under opposition control, the sources said.
It would also allow EU firms to resume investments and export of equipment intended for the oil and gas sector, said the sources.


Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

Updated 08 July 2020

Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

  • A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money
  • The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption

RIYADH: The Saudi Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) has initiated 105 corruption cases in the health, interior, power, and education sectors.
The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption.
A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money and harming state interests.
One of the cases involves the arrest of three employees working at the Saudi Electricity Co. for receiving a bribe amounting to €535,000 ($604,570) from a French company and opening bank accounts in another country (at the request of the company) for money laundering. Another case is the arrest of a university faculty member for asking for a bribe amounting to SR80,000 ($21,328) from a number of companies working on different projects at the university.
The authority also arrested a doctor at the Ministry of Health for violating the regulations at a quarantine facility.
A brigadier general was arrested for using his official vehicle to facilitate the passage of another private vehicle through security points during the curfew period.