Saudi king taps veteran finance chief as foreign minister to improve image
Friday, 28 December 2018 By Marwa Rashad and Katie Paul RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's king put a veteran former finance minister in charge of foreign affairs on Thursday, aiming to improve the kingdom's image after the crisis caused by the killing of a journalist and greater scrutiny of the Yemen war. The Saudi government has come under intense international criticism over the murder of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. It has also faced growing scepticism over its intervention in Yemen, where the United Nations says millions of people could starve to death because of supply lines disrupted by a Saudi-led war against the Houthi movement which controls the capital.
According to a report by CNN, on Thursday, Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered a government reshuffle, appointing a new foreign minister in addition to other top posts, amid the global fallout of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Per a royal decree, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was...
Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund has appointed a former International Finance Corporation official as its chief economist within a plan to boost hiring and... Reuters India Also reported by •MENAFN.com