Saudi Arabia and 7 countries form council to secure Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

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King Salman meets with foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia in Riyadh. (SPA)
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King Salman received Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry in Riyadh. (SPA)
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King Salman received Eritrean Minister of Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh in Riyadh. (SPA)
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King Salman meets with foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia in Riyadh. (SPA)
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King Salman meets with foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia in Riyadh. (SPA)
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King Salman received Somalia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ahmed Issa Awad in Riyadh. (SPA)
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King Salman meets with foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Updated 06 January 2020

Saudi Arabia and 7 countries form council to secure Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

  • King Salman met foreign ministers of the countries involved in Riyadh
  • The Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden are two of the world’s busiest shipping routes

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman praised on Monday the formation of a new council aimed at securing the waterways of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
The council, which includes Egypt, Jordan, Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia, will increase cooperation between the countries and aims to tackle piracy, smuggling and other threats in the seas that are key international shipping routes.
King Salman met the foreign ministers of the countries involved in Riyadh on Monday.
They discussed a number of issues related to developing joint cooperation in order to enhance security and stability in the region.

The ministers signed a founding charter for the Council of Arab and African States bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, said the meeting came at a sensitive time when cooperation needs to be increased capabilities enhanced “so that we can deal with any risks or challenges facing our region, and work to protect the security of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.”
“The Kingdom is very keen to coordinate and cooperate with the member states of this council, to face these challenges and the risks that surround us from every side,” he added.
The Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden are two of the world’s busiest shipping routes connecting Europe to Asia and the Middle East.


‘Absolutely silly’: Saudi FM refutes Amazon’s Bezos phone hacking claims

Updated 22 January 2020

‘Absolutely silly’: Saudi FM refutes Amazon’s Bezos phone hacking claims

  • Foreign minister said claims were "absurd"
  • Prince Faisal's tweet called for an investigation into the claims

DUBAI: The Saudi Arabian embassy in the USA has denied claims the Kingdom was behind the hacking of Amazon.com founder, Jeff Bezos’ phone, describing the accusation as “absurd.”

And speaking at Davos the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said: “The idea that the Crown Prince would hack Jeff Bezos’ phone is absolutely silly.”

Reports on Wednesday suggested Bezos’ phone was hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message sent from the personal account of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Describing the claims as “absurd” the tweet also called for an investigation into the claims “so that we can have all the facts out.”