Saudi police praised for quick arrest of Egyptian pharmacist’s assailant

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Egyptian authorities say they are closely following the killing of Egyptian pharmacist Ahmad Taha Al-Mankhili. (Social media)
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Egyptian authorities say they are closely following the killing of Egyptian pharmacist Ahmad Taha Al-Mankhili. (Social media)
Updated 19 November 2018

Saudi police praised for quick arrest of Egyptian pharmacist’s assailant

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s security forces arrested a Saudi national charged with stabbing a pharmacist after a brawl on Thursday.
The surveillance cameras at the pharmacy showed the moment when the culprit stabbed the young pharmacist with a knife seven times.
Egyptian authorities said that they are closely following the killing of Egyptian pharmacist Ahmad Taha Al-Mankhili, 29, and praised the measures taken by Saudi police to arrest the perpetrator.
Nabila Makram, the Egyptian minister of immigration and expatriates’ affairs, said during a visit to the family of the deceased pharmacist in Ain Shams, eastern Cairo, that the young Egyptian man was killed while he was at work.
She added that the Saudi culprit was arrested and is currently detained in prison; “he will be sentenced in accordance with the law.”
The Egyptian minister confirmed to the family that she will ensure the speedy return of his body to Egypt, noting that since the attack, the Ministry of Immigration, the Egyptian Embassy in Saudi Arabia and the Pharmacists Syndicate in Egypt have all been coordinating together on this case.
In a press statement on Friday, Egyptian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Nasser Hamdy, said that the General Consulate of Egypt in Jeddah had immediately sent its delegate to Jazan, where the crime took place, to follow up with the legal investigation and to expedite the return of the body to Egypt at the state’s expense.
Hamdy also praised the efforts of the Saudi police in arresting the culprit so quickly.


US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

Updated 20 February 2020

US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

  • Consul General Rachna Korhonen: I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are
  • Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year

DHAHRAN: The US Consulate General in Dhahran hosted its 2020 National Day reception on Feb. 19 to celebrate 244 years of American Independence, and the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy.

Consul General Rachna Korhonen and her husband Juha Korhonen welcomed the deputy governor of the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Battal, and deputy governor of Alkhobar, Abdullah bin Ali Al-Seef, as the guests of honor.

Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year.

“Seventy-five years ago, two great leaders met aboard the USS Quincy. President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met to chart the future of our bilateral ties. This first encounter between a US president and a Saudi King laid the foundation for the broad strategic partnership the US and Saudi Arabia share today. Beyond partnership, President Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz forged a personal friendship that is at the heart of the strong ties our two countries share today,” said Korhonen.

She added: “As the first woman to be consul general here, it has been an exciting journey for me. I arrived to Dhahran in August 2017, to a country undergoing remarkable changes.  Vision 2030 has opened new possibilities, tourism opportunities are growing, women are driving and attending sporting events. I have said this many times and it is still true: I have the best job in the best place at the best time.

“Most of all, I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya (Eastern Province) who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are. I have made friendships that I know are going to last me a lifetime. When I leave here this summer, I will certainly leave a piece of my heart here but I also plan to take a little piece of your heart with me.”