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Friday, 17 March 2017

Saudi king postpones trip to Maldives over Swine flu outbreak

Saudi king postpones trip to Maldives over Swine flu outbreak:

"Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has postponed an official visit to the Maldives amid a storm of protest over the oil-rich kingdom’s plans for investment in the Indian Ocean state. The Maldives government blamed the postponement on an outbreak of swine flu, which has seen 105 people contract the disease, two of them fatally, since January. But the opposition pointed to disquiet over alleged plans by Abdulla Yameen, the Maldives’ president, to sell off a chain of islands and lagoons to the powerful son of King Salman, Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s defence minister and deputy crown prince."



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