King Salman Give New Allowance For Civil Servants After Raise Fuel Prices

King of Saudi Arabia, Salman ordered a new allowance of 1,000 riyals per month for civil servants (PNS) for a year. This is in compensation for the rising cost of living after the government raised fuel prices and imposed value added tax (VAT).

In the royal decree published by state media as reported by news agency Reuters, Saturday 6/1/2018), King Salman also ordered a grant of 5,000 riyals for military personnel serving on the frontline of the battle with Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The Saudi government raised fuel prices by almost double on Monday (1 / 1) and as part of a broad reform initiative intended to enrich its economy. 5 percent VAT on a number of goods and services also came into force on the same day.

In the decree it was mentioned that the provision of this new allowance in recognition of "increased living costs for some societies following important steps which the state does to restructure the economy. "

King Salman also ordered the state to bear VAT in a number of situations, including health care and educational bodies. Benefits for students, pensioners and recipients of social security were also increased.

The decree made no mention of the total cost of the new allowance. But it seems that the numbers are still below the previous allowances that Saudi kings have ever given.

(ita / ita)

Saudi King Salman Meets the CIA Director in Riyadh

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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]