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UAE prince visits Saudi, urges dialogue to solve Yemen tensions

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Speaking after meeting Saudi Arabia's King Salman near Mecca, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan says dialogue is 'the only way to resolve differences between Yemenis'

A handout picture provided by the Ministry of Presidential affairs-Abu Dhabi on August 12, 2019, shows Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz near the holy city of Mecca during his visit to Saudi Arabia. Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince visited Saudi Arabia on today and called for dialogue to resolve tensions in Yemen, after deadly clashes there between government loyalists and UAE-backed forces. Mohammed Al-HAMMADI / Ministry of Presidential Affairs - Abu Dhabi / AFP

Mecca summit supports Palestinians, backs Saudis in Iran standoff

Jun 01, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting called for a 'boycott' of countries that have opened diplomatic missions in Jerusalem

This handout photo taken and released by the Saudi Royal Palace shows King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the opening session of a summit of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi holy city of Mecca in the early hours of June 1, 2019. The OIC meeting is the third and final summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this week, aimed at galvanising support among Arab and Islamic nations against arch-rival Iran, which has close ties with Turkey. Bandar AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP

Riyadh rallies allies against Tehran at Mecca summits

May 31, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Tehran expresses disappointment that Riyadh plans to level the same 'baseless accusations' at a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

ON IRAN. This handout photo taken and released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on May 31, 2019 shows Arab leaders and officials attending an Arab League summit meeting at al-Safa Royal Palace in the Saudi holy city of Mecca. AFP PHOTO / JORDANIAN ROYAL PALACE / YOUSEF ALLAN

Saudi king calls on Gulf states to tackle Iran's 'criminal' acts

May 31, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Saudi Arabia, a staunch US ally, is hosting leaders from across the Arab and Muslim world for emergency Gulf and Arab summits and a meeting of heads of state from Islamic nations

This handout photo taken and released by the Saudi Royal Palace on May 31, 2019 shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz addressing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held at al-Safa Royal Palace in the Saudi holy city of Mecca.  BANDAR AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP

Saudi king orders major government reshuffle

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:33 PM

The shake up comes as the kingdom grapples with international outrage over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

KING SALMAN. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on December 13, 2017, shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman (L) arriving for the opening of the shura council ordinary session in Riyadh. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Saudi Arabia seeks to boost intelligence oversight after Khashoggi murder

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:45 AM

A committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approves the creation of 3 departments to ensure intelligence operations are in line with international human rights law and 'approved procedures'

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on December 13, 2017, shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman (L) arriving for the opening of the shura council ordinary session in Riyadh. (Photo by BANDAR AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Saudi king hosts Iraq's new president

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:28 PM

Iraq is seeking economic benefits from closer ties with the wealthy kingdom as it seeks to rebuild after the defeat of the Islamic State group

U.S. revokes Saudi visas in first action over Khashoggi

Oct 24, 2018 - 8:35 AM

The State Department says it has identified 21 Saudis whose visas will either be revoked or who will be ineligible for future visas

STATE DEPARTMENT. In this file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Saudi king, crown prince meet Khashoggi family

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet with family members of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi

MEETING. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on October 23, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meeting with family members of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh. AFP Photo

Pompeo holds crisis talks in Riyadh on missing journalist

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:42 PM

US top diplomat Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi King Salman to seek answers about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia's King Salman (R) meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh on October 16, 2018. Pompeo arrived in the Saudi capital for talks with King Salman on what happened to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP

Saudi king replaces top commanders in military shake-up

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:25 AM

The monarch replaces the heads of the ground forces and air defenses, as well as civilian officials including several deputy ministers, in a series of late-night royal decrees

KING SALMAN. File photo of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz speaking during a meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Bilateral Coordination Council in the capital Riyadh on October 22, 2017. Photo by Alex Brandon/Pool/AFP

Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed freed after 'settlement'

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:02 PM

(UPDATED) The prince had been among those rounded up in an anti-corruption drive targeting the kingdom's elite

FREED. In this file photo, Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saoud waves at the Elysee Presidential Palace after a meeting with then-French President Francois Hollande in Paris on September 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Saudi arrests 11 princes over anti-austerity protest – media

Jan 06, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The princes, who were not named, are protesting at a historical Riyadh royal palace, Qasr al-Hokm, against a government's decision to stop paying the water and electricity bills of royals

KING SALMAN. Saudi Arabian King Salman (L) heads for his car after getting off a plane upon his arrival at Haheda Airport in Tokyo on March 12, 2017.  File photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Crown prince pledges a 'moderate' Saudi Arabia

Oct 24, 2017 - 10:59 PM

'We are returning to what we were before -- a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world,' said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

MODERATE. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledges a "moderate, open" Saudi Arabia, breaking with ultra-conservative clerics in favor of an image catering to foreign investors and Saudi youth. Photo by  Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Saudi King Salman to visit Russia on October 5 – Kremlin

Oct 02, 2017 - 3:32 PM

The visit comes a month before members of the OPEC oil cartel, of which Saudi Arabia is the biggest producer, are due to meet with the other nations that have joined them in cutting crude output

In this file photo, Saudi Arabian King Salman (L) heads for his car after getting off the plane upon his arrival at Haheda Airport in Tokyo on March 12, 2017. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:28 AM

4th UPDATE The decision comes after the kingdom received an envoy from Doha for the first time since Saudi Arabia Egypt Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar on June 5

REOPENING SOON. A general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Saudi king ousts nephew, names son as crown prince

Jun 21, 2017 - 11:58 AM

UPDATED The naming of Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince completes a gradual removal of powers from the previous prince Mohammed bin Nayef who has been fired

PROMOTED. In this file photo, Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) addresses the first meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Economic and Development Affairs Authority in Riyadh on November 10, 2016. Fayez Nureldine/AFP/File

Saudi says it does not need Turkish military base

Jun 17, 2017 - 9:57 PM

The statement comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly offered to build a military base in Saudi Arabia shortly after work began on Turkey s facility in Qatar

Saudi king earns more retweets than Trump, study says

May 31, 2017 - 10:45 PM

The Saudi king only tweeted 10 times during the period covered by the study but those 10 tweets were each retweeted more than 147 000 times on average dwarfing Trump s 13 100 average retweets per tweet

Embattled Trump starts foreign tour with Saudi arms deal

May 20, 2017 - 10:54 PM

US President Donald Trump signs a 110 billion deal for Saudi purchases during the first leg of his 8 day foreign trip

DEAL SEALED. US President Donald Trump (L) and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud take part in a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump starts foreign tour in Saudi as scandals mount at home

May 20, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Trump can expect a warm welcome in Saudi Arabia in sharp contrast to Washington where pressure is building over his team s alleged links to Moscow

TRUMP IN RIYADH. US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (2nd-L) upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on May 20, 2017, followed by First Lady Melania Trump (R).  Photo by Mandel Nga/AFP

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Apr 12, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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President Rodrigo Duterte is given a tour by His Royal Majesty King Salman Bin Abdulazziz Al Saud, Custodian of Two Holy Mosques at His Majesty’s private residence in Rawdhat Khuraim on April 11, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL/Presidential Photo

Duterte meets with Saudi Arabia's King Salman

Apr 12, 2017 - 12:20 AM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte is the first Philippine president to visit Saudi Arabia in around 8 years

STATE VISIT. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on the first full day of Duterte's state visit to Saudi Arabia on April 11, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Saudi Press Agency

Duterte can't seek clemency for OFWs on Saudi death row – Abella

Apr 11, 2017 - 7:01 PM

UPDATED Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says there is no place for us to be asking for clemency at this stage because the process has not reached the level of Saudi Arabia s King Salman

Hosting Saudi king, China pursues Mideast charm offensive

Mar 16, 2017 - 2:03 PM

China is pivoting towards the Middle East and Saudi Arabia is strengthening its alliances in east Asia as the United States global diplomatic stance under President Donald Trump remains unclear

WELCOME TO CHINA. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (L) stands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 16, 2017. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Saudi king arrives in Tokyo for 4-day visit

Mar 12, 2017 - 10:15 PM

King Salman s arrival marks the first visit to Japan by a Saudi leader since the 1971 visit by then King Faisal

Saudi Arabian King Salman (L) heads for his car after getting off the plane upon his arrival at Haheda Airport in Tokyo on March 12, 2017.  King Salman arrived in Japan to meet with Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a four-day stay, the first visit by a Saudi king to Japan in 46 years. / AFP PHOTO / TORU YAMANAKA

Saudi king visits Indonesia with huge entourage, tons of gear

Mar 01, 2017 - 3:13 PM

It is the first visit by a Saudi Arabian king to Indonesia for 47 years and is one of the highlights of a rare Saudi royal tour of Asia

WELCOME TO INDONESIA. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) welcomes Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz at Halim airport in Jakarta on March 1, 2017. Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Saudi king rejects mixing hajj with politics

Sep 14, 2016 - 8:02 AM

Among its concerns Riyadh said Tehran had demanded the right to organize demonstrations

An aerial view shows of Muslim pilgrims from all around the world circling around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, in the Saudi city of Mecca. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

PH gov't urged to fix master list of stranded OFWs to fast-track aid

Aug 11, 2016 - 2:50 PM

ACTS OFW Representative John Bertiz and OFW advocate Susan Ople say the Department of Foreign Affairs should take the lead in repatriating stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia

OFW ADVOCATE. ACTS-OFW Representative John Bertiz wants the government to do all that it can to help stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Obama in Saudi Arabia on fence-mending visit

Apr 20, 2016 - 11:10 PM

The visit is for alliance building but an analyst says it will also likely highlight how far Washington and Riyadh have drifted apart

epa05268861 A handout photograph released by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) meeting with US President Barack Obama (L) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 20 April 2016. Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and participate on 21 April in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit. HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Saudi, Egypt agree to build bridge over Red Sea – king

Apr 08, 2016 - 10:10 PM

King Salman makes the announcement in televised comments after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi and before representatives of the two countries began signing investment deals

BUILDING BRIDGES. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) and King Salman of Saudi Arabia (L) talk during the reception ceremony in the Egyptian Presidential Palace, Cairo, Egypt, 07 April 2016.

Saudi king blames Assad for ISIS rise in Syria

Dec 23, 2015 - 10:47 PM

Organizations like ISIS could not have found fertile ground in Syria had it not been for the Syrian regime s policies says the monarch

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz. File photo by Yoan Valat/Pool/EPA

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Sep 16, 2015 - 8:23 PM

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Saudi king vows to find cause of pre-hajj crane tragedy

Sep 13, 2015 - 7:20 AM

Saudi Arabia s King Salman promises to investigate all the reasons and afterwards declare the results to the citizens

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on September 12, 2015 shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (2nd R) looking at pilgrims during a tour of the site where a crane fell inside the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca. Saudi Arabia's King Salman vowed on September 12 to find out what caused a crane collapse that killed 107 people at Mecca's Grand Mosque. AFP Photo

US Defense Secretary in Saudi to reassure on Iran

Jul 22, 2015 - 5:38 PM

Sunni dominated Saudi Arabia a regional rival of Shiite Iran worries Tehran could still be able to develop an atomic bomb despite the limitations on its nuclear program

VISITING SAUDI. In this file photo, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter during a press conference with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (not pictured) at the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 20, 2015. Daniel Bar-On/EPA

Saudi king snubs US summit

May 13, 2015 - 2:47 AM

Only the leaders of Kuwait and Qatar will now likely attend the summit

Saudi King Salman to miss US-Gulf summit

May 11, 2015 - 7:59 AM

Six Gulf Cooperation Council leaders are due to visit the White House on Wednesday May 13 and attend the summit at the bucolic Camp David presidential retreat the next day

A file picture dated 21 May 2004 shows then Saudi Arabian Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud (now King) waving as he arrives to Barajas Airport in Madrid, Spain. Jose Huesca/EPA

Saudi king consolidates power with succession shake-up

Apr 30, 2015 - 9:54 AM

The major shake up in the line of succession and cabinet comes with oil giant Saudi Arabia increasingly assertive in the fight against Islamic extremists and in its rivalry with fellow regional power Iran

In this file photo, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz attends a ceremony with officials from all over the world offering their condolences on the death of the late Saudi King, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, during a ceremony, at the Diwan royal palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 24 January 2015. Yoan Valat/Pool/EPA

Saudi vows to cover UN aid for Yemen, keeps up air raids

Apr 18, 2015 - 11:54 PM

Saudi Arabia stands with its Yemeni brothers and hopes for the restoration of security and stability says the kingdom s official statement

CRISIS. According to reports, many Yemenis were affected by the airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels, as they are facing shortage of water and food. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Arab leaders agree joint military force

Mar 29, 2015 - 10:37 PM

Arab leaders agree to form a joint military force after a summit dominated by a Saudi led offensive on Shiite rebels in Yemen and the threat from Islamist extremism

ARAB LEADERS. A general view of delegates attending the closing session of the Arab League summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 29 March 2015. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather

Mar 28, 2015 - 11:06 AM

At least 39 civilians have been killed in Saudi led Operation Decisive Storm against the Huthis and their allies

ANTI-SAUDI. Armed Houthi members hold their guns in the air while shouting anti-Saudi slogans during a rally protesting Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthi positions in Sana?a, Yemen, March 26, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

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Jan 30, 2015 - 7:48 PM

Families of the 44 Special Action troops cry for justice The Philippine government and the MILF sign the protocol to decommission firearms King Salman revamps the Saudi government

New Saudi king brings major government shake-up

Jan 30, 2015 - 7:24 AM

King Salman replaces part of his cabinet and fires two sons of the late king Abdullah in a major government shake up

KING SALMAN. A file picture dated 21 May 2004 shows then Saudi Arabian Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Riyadh's Governor, waving as he arrives to Barajas Airport in Madrid, Spain. Jose Huesca/EPA

Obama in Saudi Arabia for talks with new king

Jan 27, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Saudi television shows new King Salman welcoming Obama and his wife Michelle at the bottom of a red carpeted ramp as a military band plays the US and Saudi national anthems

OBAMA IN SAUDI ARABIA. US President Barack Obama greets in a traditional Indian way during his final event of his three-day trip to India, in New Delhi, India, 27 January 2015. Photo by EPA

Obama, new Saudi king expected to talk about IS, Yemen

Jan 26, 2015 - 9:45 PM

The US leader decided to cut short a three day visit to India and head to Riyadh after the death of Abdullah whose country is a long time ally of the United States

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama shake hands following a joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on January 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB Saul Loeb/ AFP

Child rapist in first execution under new Saudi king

Jan 26, 2015 - 9:30 PM

A serial child rapist was beheaded in the Red Sea city of Jeddah the first execution under King Salman who acceded to the throne last Friday

KING SALMAN. A file picture dated 21 May 2004 shows then Saudi Arabian Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Riyadh's Governor, waving as he arrives to Barajas Airport in Madrid, Spain. Jose Huesca/EPA

Saudi capital goes quiet for day of mourning

Jan 25, 2015 - 9:41 PM

Away from the palace and nearby roadblocks life continued with almost no indication that a new era had begun except for billboards expressing condolences for Abdullah s death

HELPING FILIPINOS. The Philippines says Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah helped overseas Filipino workers, especially those on death row. File photo by Andy Rain/EPA

Obama begins landmark visit to India

Jan 25, 2015 - 1:59 PM

Obama will be the first US president to be chief guest at India s Republic Day parade

Indian kite maker Jagmohan Kanojia displays kites made by him bearing images of US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on them, ahead of Obama's India visit in Amritsar, India, 23 January 2015. Raminder Pal Singh/EPA

Obama cuts short India visit to meet new Saudi king

Jan 24, 2015 - 8:12 PM

Instead of staying in India the White House says Obama will travel to Riyadh from New Delhi on Tuesday morning to meet the new monarch of Saudi Arabia

Indian kite maker Jagmohan Kanojia displays kites made by him bearing images of US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on them, ahead of Obama's India visit in Amritsar, India, 23 January 2015. Raminder Pal Singh/EPA Raminder Pal Singh/EPA

World leaders head to Saudi to meet new King Salman

Jan 24, 2015 - 1:49 PM

British Prime Minister David Cameron Prince Charles and French President Francois Hollande are among the first leaders expected to arrive in Saudi Arabia

KING SALMAN. A file picture dated 21 May 2004 shows then Saudi Arabian Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Riyadh's Governor, waving as he arrives to Barajas Airport in Madrid, Spain. Jose Huesca/EPA