Saudi king names son as US envoy as ties boosted with Trump
- Author: Megan Austin Apr 24, 2017,
Apr 24, 2017, 5:13
Prince Khalid replaced Prince Abdullah Bin Faisal Al-Saud atop the Kingdom's mission in the U.S.
In a key move, King Salman restored financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel slashed 20 percent last September as the kingdom sought to save money at a time of low oil prices.
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Saudi King Salman stressed during talks in Riyadh on Sunday the need to preserve the security and stability of Arab states and to combat attempts to drive a wedge between Arab allies, Egypt's state news agency MENA said. He's also scrapped cuts made a year ago to state employees' pay, prompted by oil revenue falls.
The Saudis have found a more favourable ear in Washington under Trump, who took office in January and has denounced Iran's "harmful influence" in the Middle East.
King Salman has sacked key officials, including the head of the army embroiled in Yemen's conflict.
Moscow is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's leading patron, Saudi Arabia is an integral supporter of the rebels battling Assad's regime.
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Riyadh opposes the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to which Morsi belongs. After that, the Kingdom suspended oil supplies from Aramco, a state-owned company headed by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, to Egypt for three months without stating clear reasons.
The salaries of other civil servants were frozen a year ago and benefits curbed, while the government cut subsidies and delayed major projects.
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.
Civil Service Minister Khaled Al-Arj was also fired and Ibrahim al-Omar was announced as the new governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority.
Minister of Communications Muhammad Al-Suwail has been relieved and Muhammad Al-Sawaha was appointed as new minister.