Aviation security is responsibility of all without exception, say experts

Updated 12 November 2017
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Aviation security is responsibility of all without exception, say experts

RIYADH: The Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) on Thursday concluded its program for the security of aircraft and airports with 129 experts from Arab countries as participants.
Addressing the participants on the occasion, Dr. Jamaan Rashid ben Ragosh, NAUSS president, stressed the importance of the program at a time when threats facing air transport have increased.
He said that the university gives importance to the program through postgraduate studies and the granting of a higher diploma in civil aviation security.
He pointed out that the university had recently signed a scientific memorandum of understanding with the Arab Transport Association and the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) for the purpose of engendering cooperation.
He added that the program aimed to highlight the role of civil aviation authorities in Arab countries in ensuring the protection of aviation from acts of unlawful interference.
He said the challenges facing civil aviation and its facilities include providing participants with knowledge and information on all areas of civil aviation security and safety in accordance with international and national legislation, and raising awareness and culture of civil aviation security.
He added that aviation security is the responsibility of all without exception.
The program’s scientific approach includes a number of important topics including quality control, passenger behavior analysis, air cargo security, assessment of threats of dual-use items to aviation security and dangerous enclosures, and response to acts unlawful interference.
The participants in the program included experts from the UAE, Bahrain, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Oman, Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco.


FII delegates pay tribute to Khashoggi, say ‘terrible act not part of our DNA’

Updated 24 October 2018
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FII delegates pay tribute to Khashoggi, say ‘terrible act not part of our DNA’

RIYADH: Speakers at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh did not shy away from addressing what could otherwise have been the elephant in the room: The death of Jamal Khashoggi.
Numerous speakers had pulled out of the event over the death of the Saudi journalist in the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Khashoggi’s death was the result of a “rogue operation” by people acting beyond the scope of Saudi authorities, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Sunday.
Many speakers due to attend the FII — mostly those from Western organizations — had pulled out due to allegations the Saudi government was complicit in Khashoggi’s death.
But speakers at the FII on Tuesday tackled the issue head-on, calling the death “abhorrent” and promising justice. 
“These are difficult days for us in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We are going through a crisis, of sorts, resulting from the very regrettable and abhorrent incident that took place in Turkey,” Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told the audience.
“Nobody in the Kingdom can justify it or explain it. From the leadership on down, we are very upset about what has happened,” he added. 
“The king has made it clear that there will be an investigation, justice and retribution to those responsible.”
The prominent Saudi business executive Lubna Olayan also remarked on the case, saying that the “terrible acts reported in recent weeks are alien to our culture and DNA.” 
Al-Falih said that, despite the ongoing “crisis” due to the case, the ambitious reforms that Saudi Arabia is undertaking would continue. 
“The Kingdom is in the midst of a historic transformation of unprecedented proportions, and the train has moved, and it has moved deliberately toward a transformation journey that will not be stopped,” he said. 
“Those partners who are here with us today, to continue their journey with us are certainly going to look back and find out how the lessons have been learned from the incident, but at the same time how committed the Kingdom is to its partners who stay the course.”