Commander of Air Forces Gen. Muhammad Al-Ayesh has been retired and Maj. Gen. Fayyadh Al-Ruwaili has been promoted to the rank of General and appointed Commander of Air Forces of the Kingdom, a royal order said yesterday. A statement by the Royal Court said the decision to retire Gen. Al-Ayesh and appoint his replacement was taken upon recommendations of the Minister of Defense.
Saudi Arabia denies Israeli media reports on meeting between chiefs of staff
- The official said the correct information is that Al-Ruwaili has participated in an international meeting for Defense Chiefs of Staff held in Washington
- No bilateral meeting had took place between the Saudi and Israeli Chiefs of Staff, he added
JEDDAH: A Saudi defense ministry official has denied reports circulated on Israeli media claiming that a meeting was held between the Saudi military Chief of Staff, Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, and his Israeli counterpart Gadi Eizenkot.
The official said the correct information is that Al-Ruwaili participated in an international meeting for Defense Chiefs of Staff held in Washington, United States at the Andrews Air Force Base.
81 countries took part in the meeting held between Oct. 15-16 aimed at discussing ways to combat violent terror groups.
The meeting also included an official dinner for all attendees hosted by the his excellency the Chairman of the US Joints Chief of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford. It was followed by a conference at the Andrews Air Force Base.
The official said no bilateral meeting took place between the Saudi and Israeli Chiefs of Staff.