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Saudi Arabia names first woman envoy to Washington at critical time

Saudi Arabia names first woman envoy to Washington at critical timeSaudi Arabia on Saturday named a princess as its first woman ambassador to the United States, a key appointment as the fallout over journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder tests relations between the allies. Princess Rima bint Bandar replaced Prince Khalid bin Salman, the younger brother of the powerful crown prince who was appointed vice defence minister in a flurry of late-night royal decrees announced on state media. The reshuffle comes as Saudi Arabia seeks to quell an international outcry over Khashoggi’s murder last October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which strained relations with its key ally Washington.



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Saudi Sisters Stranded for Months in Hong Kong After Fleeing the Kingdom, Rights Group Says

Saudi Sisters Stranded for Months in Hong Kong After Fleeing the Kingdom, Rights Group SaysThey were trying to seek asylum in Australia but were stopped in Hong Kong



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China's desire for close Iran ties unchanged, Xi says ahead of Saudi prince's visit

China's desire for close Iran ties unchanged, Xi says ahead of Saudi prince's visitChina’s desire to develop close ties with Iran will remain unchanged, regardless of the international situation, President Xi Jinping told the speaker of Iran’s parliament, ahead of Thursday’s visit to Beijing by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. China has traditionally played little role in Middle East conflicts or diplomacy, despite relying on the region for oil, with Iran its fourth largest supplier last year, but has been trying to raise its profile, especially in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman visited Beijing in 2017, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives on Thursday for a two-day visit.



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Saudi to free 850 Indian prisoners from its jails: India government

Saudi to free 850 Indian prisoners from its jails: India governmentSaudi Arabia will release 850 Indians from its prisons after a request from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to New Delhi, India’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Saudi jails hold the greatest number of Indians incarcerated in any country abroad. As of January 2019, 2,224 Indians were jailed in the kingdom for crimes including murder, kidnapping, bribery, cheating, and offences related to drugs and alcohol, according Indian Foreign Ministry figures.



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Saudi vows to 'de-escalate' India-Pakistan tensions after Kashmir attack

Saudi vows to 'de-escalate' India-Pakistan tensions after Kashmir attackSaudi Arabia vowed to “de-escalate” rising tensions between Pakistan and India during a high-profile summit in Islamabad Monday as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to travel from Islamabad to New Delhi. The kingdom’s minister of state for foreign affairs spoke at a press conference in Islamabad as Pakistan recalled its envoy from Delhi for “consultations”, the latest development in a fresh diplomatic crisis between the nuclear-armed neighbours. The attack has sparked widespread calls in India for action against Pakistan.



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Saudi Prince Pledges to Help India Fight Terror

Saudi Prince Pledges to Help India Fight Terror“Terrorism is a common concern and Saudi Arabia will cooperate with India in fighting it, including in matters like intelligence sharing,” Prince Mohammed said in a press statement alongside Modi in New Delhi. The comments were part of the Saudi royal’s delicate diplomacy, as he visits both nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors amid heightened geopolitical tensions.



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Saudi prince sees "useful returns" from expected $100 bln investment in India

Saudi prince sees "useful returns" from expected $  100 bln investment in IndiaSaudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday he saw investment opportunities of more than $ 100 billion in India over the next two years as he began his first official visit amid tensions between arch foes India and Pakistan. Francis Maguire reports.



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Saudi Crown Prince Pledges $20 Billion in Deals With Pakistan on the First Stop of His Asia Tour

Saudi Crown Prince Pledges $  20 Billion in Deals With Pakistan on the First Stop of His Asia TourThe agreements come as the Saudi prince seeks to rebuild his reputation abroad



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Saudi official fires back after Iran blames attack on Riyadh

Saudi official fires back after Iran blames attack on RiyadhISLAMABAD (AP) — A senior Saudi diplomat on Monday fired back after Iran initially blamed the kingdom for an attack last week that killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.



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Saudi Crown Prince signs $20 billion in agreements with Pakistan

Saudi Crown Prince signs $  20 billion in agreements with PakistanMohammed bin Salman met with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a red carpet welcome before overseeing the historical deal. Rough cut (no reporter narration)



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