Arab Israelis in Saudi trial for alleged plot to attack hajj

01 May, 2018, 13:11 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • US secretary of state arrives in Riyadh for official visit

The newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh on Saturday evening for an official visit, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Pompeo, visiting Riyadh on his first trip as the top USA diplomat, said he "stressed the importance" of Gulf unity in talks with Saudi officials.

Earlier, the King was seen off at King Salman Air Base Airport in Riyadh by Emir of Riyadh region Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Emir of Riyadh region Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulrahman Bin Abdul Aziz, a number of princes, ministers, and senior officials.

Pompeo reassured Saudi Arabia that the United States would abandon the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, reached under President Donald Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, unless there is an agreement in talks with European partners to improve it to make sure the Islamic Republic never possesses a nuclear weapons.

The suspects also plotted an attack against Muslim pilgrims during the annual hajj four years ago and supported the Daesh* terrorist group, court materials cited by the news outlet read.

Sunny weather for the weekend after a few showers Friday
Tuesday , expect a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., with a high of 79, the weather service said. Rapid warming will increase snowmelt and the potential for flooding in smaller streams and creeks near the foothills.

Ghassemi also reiterated previous government statements denying Saudi and USA accusations that Iran is supplying weapons to Yemen's Huthi rebels, backed politically by Tehran.

ISIS and al-Qaeda have exploited the prolonged political and security vacuum in Yemen and when these groups are given safe haven, the USA will come under threat, he warned.

He called for adopting stricter sanctions, saying: "We believe that the Iranian problem should be dealt with by imposing more sanctions over its violations of global resolutions related to ballistic missiles, its support for terrorism and meddling in regional affairs".

"Saudi Arabia's security is a priority for us in the USA and we will continue to work closely with our Saudi partners to combat the dangers that threaten their security", he stressed.

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