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Friday 13 December 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman set to address Shura council

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is expected to make his annual address to the kingdom’s Shura council, following a nation-wide tour with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In his speech on Monday, King Salman bin Abdulaziz will present Saudi Arabia’s internal and external policy, and inaugurate the proceedings of the Shura council, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The expected address comes as members of the US Congress renewed their calls to condemn the kingdom following an assessment by the CIA that the crown prince personally ordered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“It is certainly testing the position that the enemy of our enemy is our friend,” said Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, and a frequent critic of US President Donald Trump.

“The president needs to listen to what our intelligence community has to say.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally, said the crown prince has been a “wrecking ball” in the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia.




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