Saudi Arabia, Philippines reaffirm commitment to combat extremism, terrorism

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif at the Malacañang Palace. (Photos: Malacañang Palace)
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte introduces members of his Cabinet to Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif at the Malacañang Palace. (Photos: Malacañang Palace)
Updated 19 March 2018
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Saudi Arabia, Philippines reaffirm commitment to combat extremism, terrorism

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday welcomed Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif at the presidential palace.
Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque described the meeting as “very warm and cordial,” with the president and minister reiterating both countries’ commitment to fighting terrorism.
The prince was on a three-day official visit to Manila. He and Duterte discussed strengthening bilateral ties and issues of mutual importance, particularly law enforcement, peace, security, and promoting the welfare of Filipino migrant workers.
Duterte thanked him for the visit, and the prince conveyed King Salman’s personal and warm wishes as he reaffirmed the importance of the Philippines to Saudi Arabia.
The minister also conveyed the king’s “deep respect” for Duterte’s “strong and decisive action that led to the liberation of Marawi (city) from extremists and terrorists.”
Duterte stressed the need to expand trade and investment cooperation, and to promote the rights, safety and wellbeing of Filipinos.
He hosted a luncheon for Prince Abdul Aziz in President’s Hall. The minister held separate talks with some of Duterte’s Cabinet members.
On Sunday, the prince received Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto at the Shangri-La at the Fort.
They discussed enhancing ties between the two countries, and the Saudi commitment to peace and development in Mindanao.
Alonto thanked the prince for his continuing support, especially to the island’s Muslim population.
The prince also met with Eduardo Ano, interior and local government officer in charge, with whom he discussed cooperation between the two countries’ interior ministries.
The prince also met with Labor Minister Silvestre Bello III and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon.
In April 2017, Duterte paid a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia as part of his three-nation tour of the Middle East.


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.