Sec. Mattis, Saudi FM Al-Jubeir Meet; U.S. Calls for ‘Transparent Investigation’

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with Saudi Arabia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., Mar. 22, 2018. (DoD photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kathryn E. Holm)
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday that he has met with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, and called for a "transparent investigation" into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, according to reports.

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Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi prosecutor in charge of Khashoggi case in Istanbul

The Saudi public prosecutor heading the investigation into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi arrived in Istanbul overnight, the state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Monday, ...



Mattis Treads Carefully on Khashoggi Crisis

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis condemned the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, but stopped short of explicitly linking the gruesome killing to Saudi Arabia’s ...



Investors Vexed by Khashoggi-Fate Fracas Say This Too Shall Pass

The furor over the murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi may soon be seen as little more than a blip for the kingdom’s battered markets, ...



Inflation to ease in Saudi Arabia in 2019 as VAT impact wears off

Inflation in Saudi Arabia will ease next year, as the effects of fuel subsidy cuts and VAT implementation in Middle East's biggest economy wears off. Inflation ...



Saudi Petrochemicals Giant’s Quarterly Profit Meets Estimates

Saudi Basic Industries Corp., the Middle East’s biggest petrochemicals producer, posted a 5.4 percent increase in third-quarter profit on higher prices and sales, meeting analysts’ ...



Saudi Arabia’s $500bn NEOM project ‘progressing well’, says CEO

Nadhmi Al-Nasr says team behind Red Sea coast mega project is working 'day and night' to bring it to reality ...


Saudi Aramco

Saudi Oil Giant Wants Former North Carolina Official to Run Its Retirement Money

Saudi Arabia’s state oil company is turning to a former North Carolina state pension executive to manage its retirement money at a time when U.S. ...


Saudi Aramco

Aramco doubles women staff in 10 years: CEO

Narrowing the gender gap is a key priority for Saudi Aramco, and the company has doubled the number of women working in the organisation over ...



Saudi Petrochemicals Giant’s Quarterly Profit Meets Estimates

Saudi Basic Industries Corp., the Middle East’s biggest petrochemicals producer, posted a 5.4 percent increase in third-quarter profit on higher prices and sales, meeting analysts’ ...


Saudi Stock Market

Foreigners sold net $624 mln of Saudi stocks in week to Oct. 25

The Saudi stock market is up about 8 percent year-to-date although has weakened in this quarter. ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Saudi Arabia condemns Pittsburgh synagogue attack

An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed in the strongest words the condemnation of Saudi Arabia of the shooting incident at a ...


Weather in Arabia

Saudi Civil Defense warns of heavy rainfall in Riyadh region

The General Directorate of Civil Defense in the Riyadh region called on the public to be careful and to take precautionary measures after moderate to ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

Bodies of two Saudi sisters found bound together beside New York river

The bodies of two young Saudi women have been discovered bound together on the banks of the Hudson River in New York City. ...


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Turkey hosts Russian, French, German leaders for Syria summit

The leaders of Russia, France and Germany arrived in Istanbul on Saturday for a four-nation summit aiming to find a lasting political solution to the ...



Trump’s Iran sanctions resolve faces test from oil-thirsty China, India

Shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump announced in May he would reimpose sanctions on Iran, the State Department began telling countries around the world the ...



What Mattis Said in the Middle East

The U.S. will continue to offer targeting and other military support to Saudi Arabia in its campaign in Yemen while pushing for a negotiated end ...


Muslim Travel

GDP Impact Of Muslim Travel In The Middle East To Hit $36 Billion

The GDP impact of Muslim travel in the Middle East is forecast to hit $36 billion by 2020, up 21% from $29.7 billion in 2017 ...



Investcorp’s Alardhi: We will ‘write bigger checks’ in the US

At the end of June, Investcorp had about $22.6 billion in assets under management. The firm has previously stated that it wants to take that ...



The Coming Fight for Middle Eastern Water

In the words of UN Under Secretary General Hans van Ginkel, “conflicts over water, both international and civil wars, threaten to become a key part ...



Funding The Future

In 2017, we saw new records set in venture investing: • In the US, venture investments reached $84 billion • In Asia, venture peaked at ...



Afghans’ Misery Reflected in Record-Low Well-Being Measures

Afghans give an average rating of 2.7 in 2018, down from 4.2 in 2016. The current figure is in fact tied for the lowest Gallup ...



Lion Air JT610: Recent Asian airline crashes have taken a heavy toll

The last five years have been troubling ones for Asian passenger airlines, with a number of major deadly air crashes, including four in 2014 alone. ...


Camel Pageant

How to Judge a Camel Beauty Pageant: The Four-Point Guide

In 2017, some 30,000 camels competed in the King Abul Aziz Camel Festival in Saudi Arabia, which has a prize pool of around $32 million. ...


EU-Arab Summit

Athens hosting EU-Arab World Summit

The Greek capital is hosting the third EU-Arab World Summit, which will focus on strengthening regional cooperation and accelerating existing initiatives. ...


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