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MBS now in Mauritania after G20 summit

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived on Sunday in Mauritania, resuming a tour of Arab countries after attending the G20 summit in Argentina. Saudi state TV showed footage of the crown prince’s plane arriving in Nouakchott. Before attending the G20 summit, he visited the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt …

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China calls for Saudi stability at G20 summit

Stability in Saudi Arabia is the cornerstone of prosperity and progress in the Gulf, and China firmly supports Riyadh in its drive for economic diversification and social reform, President Xi Jinping told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Meeting in Buenos Aires, host of the G20 summit of industrialized nations …

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Claims made that CIA knew of plot to ‘silence’ Khashoggi all along

A Turkish newspaper reported on Thursday CIA director Gina Haspel signaled to Turkish officials last month that the agency had a recording of a call in which Saudi Arabia’s crown prince gave instructions to “silence” Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Asked about the report, a Turkish official told Reuters he had no information about such a recording. Saudi Arabia has said …

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No more weapons for Saudi Arabia, says Denmark

Denmark has suspended future approvals of weapons and military equipment exports to Saudi Arabia in response to the killing of a dissident Saudi journalist and the kingdom’s role in the conflict in Yemen, the Danish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Germany has already suspended issuing future weapons export licenses and …

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Saudi Arabia expanding nuclear power ambitions

Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday the kingdom had launched a uranium exploration program and initial indications were positive, Al-Arabiya Business reported on Twitter. Falih added that a project to construct two nuclear plants, was proceeding at an excellent pace according to plan, according to Al-Arabiya. No further …

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Houthis announce intention to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia, in peace effort

Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Monday they were halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, responding to a demand from the United Nations. The Iranian-aligned group, which has been battling the Saudi-backed government for nearly four years, also said it was ready for a broader ceasefire if …

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Germany bars Khashoggi suspects from entry

Germany has issued entry bans for 18 Saudi citizens suspected of involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh’s Istanbul consulate, effectively banning them from the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone. Monday’s move represents a sharpening of the position of Germany, which last month imposed a ban on …

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Saudi Aramco IPO should go according to plan

Saudi Aramco Chief Executive Officer Amin Nasser said the initial public offering of the state-oil producer will “certainly” happen when the conditions are right. Saudi Aramco said it is still in discussions to buy a stake in petrochemicals company Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (Sabic) from the kingdom’s sovereigh wealth fund, …

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Erdogan releases tapes of Khashoggi murder

Turkey has given recordings on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday. Turkish sources have said previously that authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting the murder. Speaking ahead of his departure for France …

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Saudi export ban hits German shipyard

German shipbuilder Luerssen has suspended production of coastguard vessels it was building for Saudi Arabia and placed large numbers of staff on short hours, blaming uncertainty over whether Berlin would grant future weapons export licenses. After dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Chancellor Angela …

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Saudi Arabia bidding for South African defence contractor

Saudi Arabia has made a $1 billion bid for a broad partnership with South African state-owned defense group Denel that would include acquisition of a minority stake in a joint venture with Germany’s Rheinmetall (RHMG.DE), a source familiar with the offer said. Currently heavily dependent on imports, Saudi Arabia, the world’s third-largest defense spender, is seeking partnerships to …

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