Kingdom, UAE sign deal for Coordination Council

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SOLIDARITY: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman holds talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in Jeddah. (SPA)
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WARM WELCOME: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and interior minister, receives Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 17 May 2016
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Kingdom, UAE sign deal for Coordination Council

JEDDAH:The Kingdom and the UAE have set up a joint council to coordinate efforts and bolster ties between the two countries.
A protocol to set up the council was signed Monday at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah in the presence of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces
Nizar bin Obaid Madani, minister of state for foreign affairs, signed for Saudi Arabia while Ali bin Mohammed Al-Shamsi, deputy secretary-general of the Supreme Council for Security, signed for the UAE.
King Salman earlier received at his palace Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
At the outset of the meeting, the king welcomed the Abu Dhabi crown prince and the accompanying delegation.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan thanked King Salman for the warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded to him and his delegation.
During the meeting, they reviewed the close brotherly relations between the two countries and aspects of bilateral cooperation in various fields, in addition to the latest developments at regional and international arenas.
King Salman hosted a lunch banquet in honor of the UAE leader and his delegation before they left Jeddah.


KSA and allies to begin joint military maneuvers in Eastern Province on Saturday

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KSA and allies to begin joint military maneuvers in Eastern Province on Saturday

  • Gulf Shield 10 will be one of the largest military exercise in the region both in terms of the number of forces and participating countries, and wide experience and quality of arms
  • The Gulf Shield forces command is also participating in the exercise, along with forces from the National Guards and Border Guards

JEDDAH: The joint maneuver Gulf Shield 10 will begin on Saturday in the Eastern Province with the participation of military forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries along with Saudi forces.
The massive exercise is considered one of the largest in the region both in terms of the number of forces and participating countries, and wide experience and quality of arms.
It aims to preserve security and stability in GCC countries by tackling the sources of instability and danger, training on the command and control’s procedures of the participating Gulf forces, modernizing the joint mechanisms and measures of military and security agencies and promoting coordination, cooperation and integration as well as joint security.
Land, air, sea and air defense forces from participating countries are taking part in the maneuver, along with Saudi forces such as the Royal Saudi Land Forces, the Royal Saudi Air Forces, the Air Defense Forces and the Saudi Royal Naval Forces.
The Gulf Shield forces command is also participating in the exercise, along with forces from the National Guards and Border Guards.
Gulf Shield 10 is one of the largest exercises in the region and is considered part of a comprehensive strategic vision by the Saudi Defense Ministry that aims to promote security and military readiness under different circumstances, to preserve stability and security in the Arab Gulf and the world.