Saudi cadets undergo military training in Germany

Updated 19 January 2018
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Saudi cadets undergo military training in Germany

RIYADH: The German Embassy on Thursday announced that the first seven cadets of the Royal Saudi Land Forces and the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces have started their military training in German Armed Forces facilities this week.

German Ambassador Dieter W. Haller told Arab News that the seven cadets left the Kingdom early this month for their training which will five to six years.

Their training includes a one-year language course and a bachelor’s degree at one of the two universities of the German Armed Forces in Munich or Hamburg.

“With this new program, we add a substantial new element to the security cooperation between our two countries,” Ambassador Haller told Arab News.

The Saudi cadets will spend the first phase of their training in the German Armed Forces Language Academy in Cologne in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The German envoy added that “we look forward to continuously expand the training program in the future.”

The training of Saudi cadets in the facilities of the German Armed Forces was agreed upon by the Kingdom and Germany in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed during the visit of Chancellor Angela Merkel to Jeddah on April 30, 2017 in the presence of King Salman.

Ambassador Haller added that 14 German experts from the German Federal Police are currently in the Kingdom to conduct various training courses with the Saudi Border Police.

He said that this is done in close cooperation with the Saudi Ministry of Interior.

“Both measures underline our willingness to expand security cooperation with the Kingdom,” the German ambassador said.

Meanwhile, he added that a medical specialist training for Saudi doctors at the prestigious Charite hospital in Berlin is preparing for its fourth intake of participants.

He said that between 10 to 15 Saudi doctors will have the chance to study and work for six to seven years at the hospital in Berlin beginning in September this year.


Al-Balsam International Organization performs cardiac surgeries in Yemen’s Mukalla

The organization’s medical team performed an open-heart surgery and seven therapeutic cardiac catheterizations on Yemeni citizens. (SPA)
Updated 12 min 33 sec ago
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Al-Balsam International Organization performs cardiac surgeries in Yemen’s Mukalla

  • The target of the campaign, which runs from May 26 to June 2, is to perform 10 open-heart surgeries
  • Al-Balsam’s medical campaigns in Yemen started in 2003

RIYADH: On the first day of its operations, Al-Balsam International Organization on Sunday succeeded in saving the lives of 8 Yemeni people in the port city of Mukalla, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The organization’s medical team performed an open-heart surgery and seven therapeutic cardiac catheterizations on Yemeni citizens.
The target of the campaign, which runs from May 26 to June 2, is to perform 10 open-heart surgeries and around 90 therapeutic cardiac catheterizations.
The governor of Hadramout Province, Maj. Gen. Faraj Salmeen Al-Bahsani, thanked Saudi Arabia and Al-Balsam’s team, who were prevented from arriving in time by cyclone Mekunu, for providing medical services to heart patients in Yemen on a daily basis during their stay.
On the sidelines of his meeting with Al-Balsam’s medical team on Sunday at the Charitable Foundation of Cardiology in the city of Mukalla, Al-Bahsani said: “This is the medical team’s second visit, and what those consultant cardiologists from Saudi Arabia are doing is great, distinctive, and very humane.”
He praised the enthusiasm and determination of the medical team, who are keen to help heart patients in Hadramout and in Yemen after their circumstances prevented them from traveling abroad to receive medical attention.
The executive director of Al-Balsam International Organization, Emad Bukhari, said Al-Balsam’s medical campaigns in Yemen started in 2003 and have always been welcomed in the Yemeni provinces in which they have worked.