Saudi Arabia shuffles cabinet posts, including Washington ambassador

The appointment of Prince Khaled bin Salman to Washington signals the kingdom's eagerness to strengthen bilateral ties under President Donald Trump.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud stands during a reception ceremony for British Prime Minister Theresa May in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 5, 2017.

Syria, Yemen, Libya and counterterrorism efforts are among the central subject matters Sisi and King Salman are expected to review. "Prince Khaled bin Salman bin Abdulaziz appointed ambassador" read an official statement.

President El-Sisi landed in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday for a visit to boost ties after months of apparent tensions between the two Arab allies.

Saudi Arabia's monarch King Salman will be meeting with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Aramco had halted agreed monthly deliveries of 700,000 tons of petroleum products without explanation, but the disruption came after Egypt backed a Russian-drafted UN Security Council resolution on Syria that Riyadh opposed.

The new ambassador is an F-15 pilot who received US training and carried out air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria.

According to a royal decree issued on Saturday, Toraifi was replaced with former ambassador to Germany Awwad bin Al-Awwad. Essam bin Saeed replaces him.

"The royal order returns all allowances, financial benefits, and bonuses to civil servants and military staff", the Arab News report said, citing the decree.

Two years ago, Saudi Arabia alongside Gulf nations such as Qatar began a campaign again Houthi rebels in Yemen, described by some analysts as a "quagmire".

Salman on Saturday ended the restrictions on compensation for state workers because he is "keen to provide comfort to the Saudi citizens", a decree said, as the kingdom prepares to increase electricity and other prices.

Under the reforms being directed by the Deputy Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia is trying to make government operations more efficient and officials more accountable.