Saudi Border Guards carry out ‘Grip Exercise’ in line with border security symposium

Border Guards General Director Gen. Awad Al-Balawi
Updated 18 October 2017
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Saudi Border Guards carry out ‘Grip Exercise’ in line with border security symposium

JEDDAH: The General Directorate of the Border Guards on Wednesday will carry out the “Grip Exercise” as part of the First International Symposium on Land and Maritime Borders (Challenges and Solutions) on the Red Sea coast of Jeddah.
Present at the exercise will be Gen. Awad Al-Balawi, general director of the Border Guards; Ali Koman, the secretary-general of the Arab Interior Ministers Council; Kiroja Michi Chini, representative of the secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization, as well as experts from Gulf, Arab and other countries.
Al-Balawi said that carrying out these quality drills raises the preparedness of the Border Guards to protect land and maritime facilities, and embodies the size of the support which the General Directorate of the Border Guards receives from the King Salman, Crown Prince Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif.
He stressed that the exercise exemplifies the new maritime operational concept of the Border Guards; strengthens island reconnaissance and clearance operational capacities; identifies ways to address intrusion attempts; performs search and rescue operations; deals with targeting a land crossing border by enemy elements; and deals with terrorist attacks targeting vital maritime facilities on a Saudi island — all in order to secure all land and maritime borders of the Kingdom from any dangers.
Al-Balawi pointed that the drills, which will be executed by 45 officers and 294 soldiers from the special anti-maritime terrorism and land and maritime border protection units of the Border Guards, supported by Saudi Security Aviation, aims to enhance measures against land and maritime terrorism and counter any possible sources of threats, as well as to ensure the preparedness of participating forces.
The drills aim also to train participating commanders on mission planning, using military tactics, and carrying out command and control measures.


Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

Updated 21 September 2018
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Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

  • UN official briefd on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen

JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen and executive director of the “Isnad” Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen, met on Thursday with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.

During the meeting, Al-Jaber highlighted Saudi Arabia and the coalition states’ support of humanitarian operations in Yemen in light of violations committed by the Houthi militias.

He also briefed the UN official on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, affirming its support in accordance with three references (Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism, outputs of the national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216).

Griffiths highlighted his efforts with the Iran-backed Houthi militias to return to the negotiating table.

Earlier, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsin Saleh met with Griffiths. They discussed the latest developments in the Yemeni arena and efforts for peace there.