Key gov't positions reshuffled in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud stands during a reception ceremony for British Prime Minister Theresa May in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia is the world's third largest defense spender.

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

Prince Khalid replaced Prince Abdullah Bin Faisal Al-Saud atop the Kingdom's mission in the U.S.

Al-Sisi's visit is the first after the tension that had taken over the bilateral relations between the two countries in October 2016. Even after the government further eased the requirements to access the market previous year, foreigners hold less than 5 percent of the total market capitalization.

A two-month pay bonus was also announced for Saudi troops engaged in operations against Yemen.

Prince Khaled is a former F-15 pilot who graduated military-aviation training from Columbus Air Force Base in MS in 2009 and took part in anti-IS strikes in 2014 as part of the USA -led coalition.

Ansari, whose committee is a private initiative to strengthen Saudi-US ties, described Prince Khaled as a "very organised personality, savvy, youthful and active". After that, the Kingdom suspended oil supplies from Aramco, a state-owned company headed by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, to Egypt for three months without stating clear reasons.

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He joined other key officials in highlighting figures pointing to economic recovery. Fahad Bin Turki was promoted to replace him.

Prince Salman had earlier in 2014, participated as an air force pilot in Saudi Arabia's contribution to the anti-Daesh coalition to combat ISIS.

In a key move, King Salman restored financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel slashed 20 percent last September as the kingdom sought to save money at a time of low oil prices.

Meanwhile, Saudi Minister of State for Civil Service Khaled Al Araj was removed from his post and set to be investigated.

Late previous year, the Arab News reported that Araj was under investigation by the kingdom's anti-corruption commission for the alleged "irregular hiring" of his son.

Minister of Telecommunications and IT Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel has been replaced by Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha.

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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