November 19, 2018 / 11:44 AM / 22 days ago

Saudi king urges action against Iran missile programme, backs Yemen peace

RIYADH, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday called on the international community to put an end to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programme, and reiterated the kingdom’s support for U.N. efforts to end the war in Yemen.

The king’s remarks to the Shura Council, a top advisory body to the government, were his first public comment since the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi early last month which sparked global outcry and strained Riyadh’s ties with the West.

King Salman made no direct mention of the crisis, but he lauded the country’s judiciary and public prosecution for carrying out their duty in the service of justice. (Reporting by Stephen Kalin; writing by Hadeel Al Sayegh)

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