Saudi King appoints his son ambassador to the U.S

Saudi Arabia sacks information minister, ambassador to US
New envoy to US, cabinet reshuffle and all exams before Ramadan in King Salman's latest decrees
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24 April, 2017

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will start an official visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, in an effort to break the ice after months of tensions.

The two Arab leaders said they look forward to enhancing cooperation between their countries to face challenges and restore security and stability in the region, referring to the civil conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya.

He replaces Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki as the envoy to Washington.

A national security center was established under the royal court and Ibrahim al-Omar was named governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), an agency managing foreign investment in the kingdom. Even after the government further eased the requirements to access the market past year, foreigners hold less than 5 percent of the total market capitalization.

Saudi Arabia also suspended all memoranda of understanding and agreements signed with Sisi during Salman's visit to Cairo in April 2016.

Saudi Arabia supported Egypt with billions of dollars in aid after Sisi toppled President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 when he was head of the Egyptian army.

Prince Khaled is an F-15 pilot who has trained in the United States and carried out air strikes against the Islamic State militant group in Syria.

Ansari, whose committee is a private initiative to strengthen Saudi-US ties, described Prince Khaled as a "very organised personality, savvy, youthful and active".

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Minister Of State Mohammed Alsheikh said Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who serves as chairman of the Council for Economic and Development affairs, recommended the reinstatement of allowances after an official review and better-than-expected budgetary performance in the first quarter of 2017.

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

Al-Sisi has visited Saudi Arabia in response to an invitation extended by Salman earlier this month during the Arab League Summit that was held in Jordan.

The salaries of other civil servants were frozen previous year and benefits curbed, while the government cut subsidies and delayed major projects.

The king fired his civil service minister and put him under investigation for abuse of office.

Late previous year, the Arab News reported that Araj was under investigation by the kingdom's anti-corruption commission for the alleged "irregular hiring" of his son.

Muhammad al-Suwaiyel, the minister of communication and information technology, was also replaced, with Abdullah al-Swaha taking that position.


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