NEWS | U.S. Secretary Of State Pompeo Defends Saudi Arms Sales After Watchdog Report

PRAGUE – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday his department did everything by the book in regards to arms sales to Saudi Arabia in 2019 after a government watchdog found the risk of civilian casualities in Yemen was not fully evaluated.

His comments came after a State Deoartment Inspector General report earlier this week concluded the state department did not fully evaluate the risk of civilian casualities in Yemen when it pushed through a huge 2019 precision –guided munition sale to Saudi Arabia.

‚We did everything by the book’, Pompeo told reporters during a news conference with the Czech prime minister. ‘I am proud of the work that my team did. We got a really good outcome. We prevented the loss of lives’.

Congress had requested an investigation into the Trump administration’s May 2019 decision to move ahead with $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia and other countries, sidestepping the congressional review process by declaring an emergency over tensions with Iran.

The secretary of state did not sit down for an interview for the report, instead submitting a written statement.

U.S. Imposes Wide Array Of Sanctions On Russia For ‘Malign’ Actions

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Queen Elizabeth Returns To Royal Duties Four Days After Her Husband’s Death – PM Media

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth return to royal duties on Tuesday, four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, in an event to mark the retirement of her household’s most senior official, PA Media reported. The queen hosted a ceremony as the Earl Peel stepped down as Lord Chamberlain, the report added. Philip, who has … More Queen Elizabeth Returns To Royal Duties Four Days After Her Husband’s Death – PM Media

Saudi Arabia’s Ithra Celebrates Ramadan With Cultural Events, Activities

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) is celebrating the holy month of Ramadan with a wide selection of cultural events and interactive activities. Ithra is offering visitors a chance to take part in events focused on national traditions and  Saudi Arabian heritage, as well as different interactive workshops. The centre’s Ramadan program also includes a collection … More Saudi Arabia’s Ithra Celebrates Ramadan With Cultural Events, Activities

Britain’s Prince Philip Has Died

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth who played a leading  figure in the British royal family for almost seven decades, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. The Duke of Edniburgh, as he was been y his wife’s side through her 69-year  reign, the longest in British history, during which time he … More Britain’s Prince Philip Has Died

Saudi Crown Prince Launches AlUla’s Design Vision ‘A Journey Through Time’

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched the design vision for the ‘Journey Through Time’ scheme, with the aim of responsible and sustainable revitalization and rehabilitation of the main archaeological area in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla in a unique cultural and natural environment. AlUla is in the northwest of the Kingdom, where the project is … More Saudi Crown Prince Launches AlUla’s Design Vision ‘A Journey Through Time’

Saudi Cabinet Authorizes Minister To Negotiate With Singapore On Draft Energy Memorandum

The Saudi cabinet said on Tuesday it has authorized the energy minister to negotiate with Singapore regarding a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of energy, state news agency (SPA) reported citing a cabinet statement. ‘The cabinet authorised the minister of energy – or his representative – to negotiate with the Singaporean side on … More Saudi Cabinet Authorizes Minister To Negotiate With Singapore On Draft Energy Memorandum

Bezos, Musk Top Forbes’ Record – Setting Billionaire List

Forbes’ annual world’s billionaires list includes a record – breaking 2,755 billionaires, with Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos topping it for the fourth consecutive year, the media company said on Tuesday. The ranks of the ultra – wealthy are expanding after a year in which the coronavirus pandemic upended world economies and threatened the livelihoods of people … More Bezos, Musk Top Forbes’ Record – Setting Billionaire List

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