24 April, 2017
But it immediately provoked outrage in Egypt, and was subsequently blocked by a court ruling, signed during a visit by Salman to Cairo previous year.
Several new governors were also appointed on Saturday Prince Abdulaziz bin Saad to be in charge of Hail province and Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan charged to lead the Northern Border region of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabian stocks advanced the most this month on optimism consumer spending will increase after King Salman restored bonuses and allowances for state employees.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman meets with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 23, 2017.
The close allies hold different views on Syria, where Saudi Arabia has aggressively pursued efforts to oust President Bashar Assad.
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The controversy over the islands became a source of tension with Saudi Arabia, which has provided billions of dollars of aid to Egypt in the immediate aftermath of the 2013 military coup against former Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammad Morsi.
Prince Khaled, the new ambassador, is an air force pilot who flew missions as part of that anti-Daesh coalition, said Salman Al Ansari, president of the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee. Essam bin Saeed replaces him.
The salaries of other civil servants were frozen previous year and benefits curbed, while the government cut subsidies and delayed major projects.
Minister of Civil Service Khaled Al-Araj was removed from his post and Essam Bin Saeed will be in charge of the ministry, according to the report.
The Arab News reported late previous year that Araj was under investigation by the kingdom's anti-corruption commission for the alleged "irregular hiring" of his son.
Minister of Communications Muhammad Al-Suwail has been relieved and Muhammad Al-Sawaha was appointed as new minister.