Saudi Arabia condemns brutal Israeli aggression against unarmed Palestinians

Photo showing Saudi Arabia’s King Salman presiding over the Saudi Cabinet Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (SPA)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Saudi Arabia condemns brutal Israeli aggression against unarmed Palestinians

  • King Salman calls Palestinian President  Mahmoud Abbas
  • The Kingdom rejects the US’ decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s government on Tuesday said it opposed the US decision to relocate its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“The Kingdom rejects the American administration’s decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem,” the council of ministers said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

“This step represents a significant prejudice against the rights of the Palestinian people which have been guaranteed by international resolutions,” it said.

“The government of Saudi Arabia has already warned of the grave consequences of such an unjustified move,” SPA added.

In a call to the Palestinian President  Mahmoud Abbas late on Tuesday, the king condemned the brutal aggression against unarmed civilians and prayed for those killed and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.

King Salman also reiterated the Kingdom’s support for the restoration of the legitimate rights of the people of Palestine in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative.

The Kingdom has called for a an emergency meeting of foreign ministers of Arab League member states to unite efforts and take urgent measures to protect the Palestinian people.

The government meeting led by King Salman reiterated Riyadh’s condemnation of Israeli gunfire that killed dozens of Palestinians along the Gaza Strip border on Monday.

The Cabinet also condemned the Israeli army’s deliberate targeting of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. The council called on the international community to assume responsibility for stopping the violence and protecting the Palestinians.

 


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.