Spy network linked to Iran intelligence agency

Updated 21 March 2013
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Spy network linked to Iran intelligence agency

The 18-member network of spies, arrested by Saudi security agents on Sunday, have been linked with the Iranian intelligence agency, said Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Interior Ministry.
He said the suspected spies including 16 Saudis, an Iranian and a Lebanese are still under investigation. “We have found these individuals monitoring vital military, economic and civilian installations,” he added.
A number of citizens, meanwhile, denounced the espionage work by citizens and said the suspected spies are cheaters of the nation and religion. They commended Saudi security agencies for arresting the criminals.
“Saudi Arabia has been targeted by many because they are envious of its wealth, its services to the two holy mosques and its implementation of Shariah,” said Anwar Eshqi, head of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies.
He urged Saudi nationals to cooperate with security agencies to uncover such bad elements.
The men were arrested in Makkah, Madinah, Riyadh and Eastern Province after police received information about their espionage activities.
According to a report carried by Asharq Al-Awsat, the arrest of the 18 took place between 8 and 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Al-Turki denied any link between the arrested spies and Al-Qaeda.
Sources told Al-Hayat Arabic daily that all the 18 belonged to one group and included two academics, a doctor and a cleric.
“One of them was living in a European country for four years before moving to an Arab state and ending up in Saudi Arabia,” the source said, adding that Saudi security agencies have been closely following up their activities.
According to an unconfirmed report, the arrested suspects included Dr. Abbas Al-Abbad who was working for Specialist Hospital, Ali Al-Haji of King Saud University, Ahmed Al-Nasser of Samba, Muhammad Al-Attiah from College of Technology in Jeddah, Ibrahim Al-Humaidi, Hussein Al-Humaidi, Badr Al-Taleb and Abdullah Al-Khamees.


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.