Saudi Security Aviation performs operations over Madinah

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The Saudi General Security Aviation Command continued its ongoing security rounds in Madinah. (SPA)
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The Saudi General Security Aviation Command continued its ongoing security rounds in Madinah. (SPA)
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The Saudi General Security Aviation Command continued its ongoing security rounds in Madinah. (SPA)
Updated 14 August 2018
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Saudi Security Aviation performs operations over Madinah

MADINAH: The Saudi General Security Aviation Command continued its ongoing security rounds in Madinah by monitoring the security situation in the city, and by providing assistance to governmental bodies as part of this year Hajj plan.
The Aviation Command carries out security operations over the holy sites visited by pilgrims during Hajj season.
It provides logistical support for various fields tasked with serving the pilgrims.
The Command carried out an exploratory tour in Madinah led by Lt. Col. Captain Mohamad Al-Harbi and Captain Turki Al-Duhmosh, as well as Captain Abdelelah Al-Zahrani.
During this latest round, it monitored the security situation and the traffic at sites and pathways frequented by pilgrims, such as the Prophet’s Mosque, prominent mosques in the city and other areas, and keeping pace with the pilgrimage between Madinah and Makkah.


Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

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Putin welcomes Saudi delegation at St. Petersburg cultural forum

JEDDAH: Russian President Vladimir Putin warmly welcomed Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum as one of the main guest countries attending the annual event.
The delegation was headed by Saudi Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, who posted a selfie with Putin on his Twitter account.
“We responded to the invitation from our friends in Russia to participate in the St. Petersburg cultural forum, and it was an opportunity to meet with officials to promote cultural cooperation,” the post said.


The forum, which ran from Nov. 15-17, was held under the theme “Culture as a Strategic Potential of the Country,” was attended by visitors from 101 countries.
Opening the forum, the Russian president expressed hope that the event would develop fruitful dialogue between society and the state.
Putin said the forum gives others a chance to get to know Russia more closely, stressed that “what distinguishes his country is the diversity of languages and traditions.”
During the visit the Saudi minister held talks with the Russian president on the sidelines of the event.
He also met his Italian counterpart, Alberto Bonisoli, on the sidelines of the forum to discuss areas of joint cooperation between the two countries and means of enhancing Saudi-Italian cultural relations.
“I was delighted to meet with the Italian Minister of Culture and we have many opportunities for a future of strong cooperation between the two countries,” Prince Badr tweeted.

Bonisoli said that culture is “a means of communication” for politics, even when serious international crises occur.
“If there are problems between two or more countries, according to their positions, culture is still a way to convey the messages of partnerships, communities, politicians, and sometimes to promote fundamental values,” he added.
The St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum annually attracts thousands of experts in the field of culture from all over the world.
Stars of theater, opera and ballet, renowned directors and musicians, public figures, representatives of and academic communities, all attend the event.
The year’s program includes 14 pavilions, including museums, circuses, theaters, cinema, literature, tourism, folklore and popular culture.