U.S.-SAUDI RELATIONS

Saudi Government ‘Rejects’ U.S. Senate Rulings on Saudi Arabia But Pledges to Continue Building Relationship

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman posed for photos with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The government of Saudi Arabia issued a statement condemning a recent U.S. Senate resolution blaming Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and said the government rejects external interference in its affairs.

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U.S.-Saudi

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate’s ‘interference’ in kingdom

The statement early Monday says the kingdom "categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, ...

 

Tourism

Western tourists trickle into Saudi Arabia as it tries to open up

Western tourists, a rarity in Saudi Arabia, visited this weekend under a new visa system, as country tries to open up its economy and diversify ...

 

Entertainment

How Saudis won the ‘endurance’ race at Formula E

Only a few years ago, such a concert would have been inconceivable. Indeed, who would have thought we would ever see other A-listers such as ...

 

Solar Power

It’s Hard to Be the Saudi Arabia of Solar

But virtually no construction has begun, and with crude more than doubling from early 2016 to this October, the Saudis’ commitment to renewable energy has ...

 

Nitaqat

41 job types designated as Saudi-only

Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi has issued a decree to limit work in 41 activities in Madinah to Saudi ...

 

Telecom

Saudi telcos settle disputes and agree new service royalties with government

Saudi Arabia’s telecom operators signed an agreement with the government that will settle all the old disputes and define a new investment framework and mechanism ...

 

U.S. Congress

Pelosi faces pressure to act on Saudi Arabia

The incoming Speaker is widely expected to be methodical about the order in which she brings bills to the floor, given the symbolic importance of ...

 

McKinsey and Company

McKinsey ‘quite proud’ of Saudi Arabia work, says global head

In response to a barrage of criticism of the firm's association with Saudi Arabia and other countries with dubious democratic and human rights records, Kevin ...

 

E-Prix

Saudi e-Prix: Portugal’s Da Costa wins Formula E season opener

Portugal's Antonio Felix da Costa ushered in a new era for Formula E by holding off reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne to win the inaugural round ...

 

Saudi-Tunisia

Saudi Arabia pledges $830 million to Tunis, prime minister says 

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Saudi-Jordan

Saudi Fund for Development Reschedules Jordan’s Debt

The Saudi Fund for Development and the Jordanian government signed a deal to reschedule Jordan’s $114 million owned to the fund, the Ministry of Planning ...

 

Saudi-Canada

Canada is looking for a way out of big Saudi arms deal, says PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking in an interview that aired on Sunday, said for the first time that his Liberal government was looking for ...

 

Tourism

Saudi treasures at Louvre Abu Dhabi dazzle visitors

The Roads of Arabia exhibition at the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi has proved a big attraction for visitors of various nationalities. Subtitled Archaeological Treasures of ...

 

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