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

He replaces Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki as the envoy to Washington.

"The royal order returns all allowances, financial benefits, and bonuses to civil servants and military staff", said the decree.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi received a royal welcome from King Salman as he landed on Sunday in Saudi Arabia for a visit to boost ties after months of tension.

The King also ordered two months extra salary be paid to frontline military personnel taking part in Saudi-led operations in Yemen. But it immediately provoked outrage in Egypt, and was subsequently blocked by a court ruling, signed during a visit by Salman to Cairo a year ago.

During leaders' meeting in Jordan, they discussed bilateral relations and stressed the necessity of improving them.

It's also planning what could be the world's biggest initial public offering when it sells shares in oil giant Saudi Arabian Oil Co., also known as Saudi Aramco.

ITC examining options for Taj Mansingh auction
Instead of renewing the lease, the civic body chose to opt for a public auction as it would maximise the annual licence fee. However, NDMC and Indian Hotels fell out when NDMC revealed it wanted to hold an auction of the property to raise money.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are regional rivals, and back opposing sides in the wars in Syria and Yemen.

Minister Of State Mohammed Alsheikh said Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who serves as chairman of the Council for Economic and Development affairs, recommended the reinstatement of allowances after an official review and better-than-expected budgetary performance in the first quarter of 2017.

Minister of Civil Service Khaled Al-Araj was removed from his post and Essam Bin Saeed will be in charge of the ministry, according to the report.

Adel Al-Toraifi was relieved from his position as Saudi information and culture minister with former ambassador to Germany Awwad al-Awwad announced to replace him.

The king changed some regional governors, along with numerous senior bureaucrats including the head of the general authority of sports as the kingdom tries to provide more athletic activities for its people.

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