Saudi Arabia's King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived in Riyadh on Sunday for a state visit to Saudi Arabia.

The appointment is aimed at strengthening of bilateral ties with Washington under President Donald Trump administration.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz has issued new royal decrees on Saturday night, announcing several domestic policies and a cabinet reshuffle.

King Salman has also sought closer ties with Turkey and Qatar, which have tense relations with Egypt. 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.

Prince Khalid Bin Salman has been appointed Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the USA in place of Prince Abdullah Bin Faisal Al-Saud.

But the move came after Egypt voted in favour of a Russian-drafted UN Security Council resolution on Syria that Saudi Arabia strongly opposed.

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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.

Adel Al-Toraifi was relieved from his position as Saudi information and culture minister with former ambassador to Germany Awwad al-Awwad announced to replace him.

Another son of King Salman, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, 31, is second in line to the throne and is one of the kingdom's most powerful figures.

"The royal order returns all allowances, financial benefits, and bonuses to civil servants and military staff", said the decree, broadcast on state-run Ekhbariya TV.

The measures were the first pay cuts for government employees, who make up about two-thirds of working Saudis. Sissi claims the islands were Saudi territory and had been leased to Egypt in the 1950s.

A further decree issued late Saturday named Ibrahim al-Omar as governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), an agency that manages Saudi Arabia's foreign investments.

  • Megan Austin