Saudi king names son as US envoy as ties boosted with Trump

24 April 2017, 05:15 | Isaac Mcdaniel

They will also discuss regional and worldwide issues of common concern, especially combating terrorism, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Saudi stock index jumped in early trade on Sunday on overnight news that King Salman had issued a royal decree restoring financial allowances for Saudi civil servants and military personnel. But it immediately provoked outrage in Egypt, and was subsequently blocked by a court ruling, signed during a visit by Salman to Cairo past year. Additionally, Emir Abdulaziz bin Salman was appointed as Minister of State Responsible for Energy.

USA officials say the Trump administration is considering ways to boost military support for the Saudi-led fight against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.

Alsheikh and other key officials highlighted trends pointing to economic recovery.

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

But ties between Riyadh and Washington became increasingly frayed during the administration of president Barack Obama.

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Riyadh opposes the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to which Morsi belongs.

Prince Khaled is a former F-15 pilot who graduated military-aviation training from Columbus Air Force Base in MS in 2009 and took part in anti-IS strikes in 2014 as part of the USA -led coalition. Fahad Bin Turki was promoted to replace him.

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

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

Meanwhile, Saudi Minister of State for Civil Service Khaled Al Araj was removed from his post and set to be investigated.

Under the reforms being directed by the Deputy Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia is trying to make government operations more efficient and officials more accountable.



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