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KIng Salman speaks during an event. File
Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointed a new economy minister and named his eldest living son as a special adviser in a series of royal decrees issued on Monday.
And in a first for the kingdom, Iman Al Mutairi was appointed as deputy minister of trade, making her the first woman to hold the post in Saudi Arabia.
The king named Faisal Al Ibrahim as the minister of economy and planning, a move that promotes him from his post as deputy minister in which he'd served as since early 2018.
Al Ibrahim has previously held jobs with Aramco and in the country's Council of Economic Affairs and Development, according to Saudi state media reports.
Finance Minister Mohammed Al Jadaan had been serving as the acting minister of economy since last year.
In another decree published in state media, King Salman appointed Prince Sultan Bin Salman as a special adviser to his father.
The prince had been head of the Saudi Space Authority, leaning on his experience as the first Arab astronaut to go to space in 1985.
The space authority will now be chaired by Abdullah Al Swaha, who is also the minister of communications and information technology.
On a day trip scheduled after Iran shot down a US drone, Pompeo flew into the Red Sea city of Jeddah and met with King Salman at his palace.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Saudi Arabia, a traditional US ally in the Middle East, in October this year, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday.
Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates sent separately cables of condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia,
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other US officials were headed to Saudi Arabia
The woman came from an African country. She has received the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the approved national protocol.
The decision — which is part of the UAE’s 50th National Day Celebrations — also includes traffic penalty points and the value of impounded vehicles and excludes serious violations.
The Ministry stressed in a statement that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
Suhail Bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said the project would boost the economic position of the East Coast, which contains several heavy and medium industries in many sectors, representing the cornerstone of the national economy.