King’s TV appearance gladdens citizens

Updated 30 November 2012

King’s TV appearance gladdens citizens

The governor of Najran, Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah, has congratulated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on the success of his back surgery, particularly after viewing the king hosting visitors in a news cast.
The king received Crown Prince Salman and other senior princes who visited and congratulated him on the success of the treatment at the King Abdul Aziz Medical City of the National Guard in Riyadh on Wednesday.
The Saudi TV showed the king talking to princes and explaining the lengthy operation procedures.
“The people have been praying for your quick recovery until the announcement of the successful surgery was made and they viewed you receiving your brothers and sons. They also prayed for your good health and continuation of your leadership in the march toward progress, welfare of citizens and service to the nation,” Prince Mishaal said in message to the king yesterday.
Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar and Deputy Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal also expressed their happiness at the successful surgery and recuperation.
A number of citizens told the Saudi Press Agency that they were overcome with joy when they saw the king on television on Wednesday.
“We were all greatly delighted to view on television a fully recovered King Abdullah’s reception of visitors,” Abdul Hafeez bin Hafiz, a citizen from Madinah, said.
Another citizen, Amir Al-Motairi, said the whole nation is excited over the king’s recovery and every one, small or big, man or woman has been praying to the Almighty for the king’s health for the past 10 days.
“The very sight of the king on television cheered up the people. This shows the depth of loyalty and love of the people for the king,” Mustafa Khoja, a Saudi teacher in Madinah, said.
Another citizen, Sahl Samman said the day in which the king made his public appearance should be marked as a special day in the history of the Kingdom.
“May Allah give the king lasting health and well-being and enhance the pride and strength of the country and ummah,” Samman said.
The king appeared on television after Prince Salman announced the king was enjoying good health at a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh one day earlier.
The king was admitted to the hospital to tighten a loose spinal ligament with surgical intervention on Nov. 17.
The king underwent a similar operation in October last year.
In November 2010, he was operated upon in New York for a slipped disc complicated by a blood clot that put pressure on his spine. He underwent a further operation the following month before convalescing for a month in Morocco.

Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

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Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi-Italian collaboration to develop electronic defense solutions pushed in workshop organized by the Italian Embassy, KACST and Elettronica SpA
  • Italy's Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare equipment

RIYADH: Italy has pledged to support the Kingdom with electronic warfare and defense electronics, offering a range of state-of-the-art solutions to counter threats. 

The call for Saudi-Italian collaboration was made on Thursday at a workshop organized jointly by the Italian Embassy, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Italian-based Elettronica SpA, a world leader in electronic warfare.

Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom Luca Ferrari welcomed the workshop initiative, and said: “We are working to develop a strategic partnership between our two countries, building on decades of excellent political and economic collaboration.

“Such initiatives increase mutual understanding and knowledge between Italian and Saudi counterparts and foster further opportunities for collaboration.” 

Ferrari added that the workshop is a proof of Italian industries’ and institutes’ willingness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries through working with local high-tech university centers and industries in Saudi Arabia.

He added: “The move on the part of the Italian government and our companies comes within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for foreign partnerships to diversify the economy, cut reliance on oil and build a robust Saudi defense sector.”

The workshop, entitled “The Digital Revolution: Impacts on defense electronics, security and life,” looked at electronic warfare, cyber intelligence, the future of autonomous vehicles and implications of the digital revolution for the defense industry. 

Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Italian institutes and companies are keen to embrace the Saudi Vision 2030, and to support the growth of the defense industry and overall defense sector of the Kingdom. 

“We work in Saudi Arabia to create high-value cooperation with the Saudi armed forces and local partners with an aim to build a world-class defense sector of the Kingdom.”

Benigni said Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare, from single stand-alone equipment to complete integrated systems, for naval, airborne and ground applications as well as for space and homeland security.