Saudi King Appoints Son as Country's Ambassador to US

Other decrees issued at the same time appointed one of Salman's sons, Prince Khaled bin Salman, ambassador in Washington and another, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, state minister for energy affairs.

Two days later, Sisi assured US President Donald Trump that the deal will take place, a US-based Egyptian diplomat told The New Arab.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low.

King Salman received him at the King Salman Airbase. Even after the government further eased the requirements to access the market a year ago, foreigners hold less than 5 percent of the total market capitalization.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud stands during a reception ceremony for British Prime Minister Theresa May in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 5, 2017.

Moscow is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's leading patron, Saudi Arabia is an integral supporter of the rebels battling Assad's regime. Ahmad Asiri was appointed as deputy head of Saudi Intelligence.


The Arab News reported late a year ago that Araj was under investigation by the kingdom's anti-corruption commission for the alleged "irregular hiring" of his son.

Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mohammed Al Suwaiyel also lost his job, replaced by Abdullah Al Swaha.

A Saudi government spokesman cited better-than-expected budgetary figures in the first quarter of 2017, saying a "strong improvement" justified the pay reinstatement.

Only Saudi men and women would work in malls across the kingdom, the ministry said in a Twitter message.

Cairo has said the islands were Saudi territory which had been leased to Egypt in the 1950s. Saudis typically favor jobs in the public sector, where hours are shorter.

Saudi Arabia has reshuffled its cabinet and replaced a number of key officials, local media reported late Saturday.


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