Top officials discuss GCC security

Updated 08 July 2014
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Top officials discuss GCC security

Regional security and cooperation topped the agenda of the consultative meeting held recently between the deputy ministers and high-ranking officials from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti deputy premier and minister of interior.
The meeting assumes significance amid growing regional challenges including security concerns created by the Islamic State and the Sharura standoff on the Saudi-Yemen border.
“The meeting between GCC officials and Sheikh Mohammad stressed permanent cooperation between GCC interior ministries,” sources at the Ministry of Interior said.
According to the sources, regional security topped the agenda of the discussion, which took place after the consultative meeting on Thursday in Kuwait.
“They called for unifying their visions and discussed security developments in regional and international arenas,” the sources added.
The meeting also discussed regional stability, security and fight against crime.
Earlier, the GCC had announced the formation of a unified military command to reinforce the regional security architecture in order to strengthen the six member bloc’s defense capabilities.
The participating deputy interior ministers expressed gratitude to the Kuwaiti government for hosting the important meeting.
Notably, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior said Monday that it will bring all those involved in the violation of the law to book in order to safeguard the country’s security.
The GCC countries are also planning to launch a common visa on the lines of the Schengen visa to allow Gulf-based expats and foreign businessmen to move easily across the borders of the six-member bloc and boost tourism and trade in the region.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.