Saudi King Salman Meets the CIA Director in Riyadh

Saudi King Salman met with director of CIA Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The Saudi official news agency said they discussed bilateral relations and regional developments on Monday (18/12). [19659002] On the Saudi side, the meeting was attended by the son of the king, Prince Khalid bin Salman, who served as Saudi ambassador to Washington, as well as Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, the head of General Intelligence Khalid al-Humaidan and royal court chief Khalid al- Issa.

Earlier this month, Pompeo said he would send a letter to General Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds force, who warned him that the United States would regard Tehran as responsible for any attacks he carried on American interests in Iraq. [19659002] Iran and Saudi Arabia are also hostile in the region. [gp]

CIA Information Helps Russia Foil Terror Attack Petersburg

The Kremlin on Sunday (18/12), said the authorities foiled the ISIS plan to launch a series of bombings at St. Petersburg after receiving information from the Central American Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Moscow says Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned US President Donald Trump to thank the CIA's information. The White House confirmed the telephone conversation.

Russia said the intelligence information was significant for the Federal Security Service to track seven suspects last week who planned a suicide bombing on Saturday against the 200-year-old Kazan Cathedral , and other places in Russia's second largest city. Three more were arrested on Sunday. According to the authorities, they are related to the plan of the attack.

The authorities seized a large number of explosives for making homemade bombs, automatic rifles, ammunition and extremist literature.

Moscow said Putin asked Trump to express his gratitude to the CIA and that Russia will later share information gained about the possibility of terrorist attacks in America, as he said in the past.

The White House says Trump and Putin agreed to share intelligence information "is a positive example that can happen if we cooperate with each other."

The telephone conversation between the two leaders on Sunday was the second in four days and was done when the American-Russian relationship was at an opposite point. [ka]