Saudi Arabia's King Salman sanctioned the powerful Saudi Binladin Group on Tuesday over the collapse of a construction crane at Mecca's Grand Mosque, which killed more than 100 people days before the hajj pilgrimage.
Saudi Arabia`s King Salman will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday, aiming to push him for more support in Riyadh`s efforts to counter Iran after it agreed to a nuclear deal that will relieve Tehran of some international pressure.
US President Barack Obama, en route to India, called new Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to personally express his sympathies following the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the White House has said.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in a statement carried by state television.
A Saudi journalist and a member of the royal family denied rumours on Thursday that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, in hospital since December suffering from pneumonia, had died, according to messages on social media.
Saudi Arabia`s King Abdullah appointed his son as governor of Riyadh Province on Wednesday in a move that strengthens his branch of the ruling dynasty as it approaches a difficult decision over how to transfer power to the next generation.