Saudi troops in separate joint drills with US and Sudanese forces

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Saudi and US army troops began a joint military drill in the Kingdom on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (SPA)
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Saudi and US army troops began a joint military drill in the Kingdom on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (SPA)
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Saudi and US army troops began a joint military drill in the Kingdom on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (SPA)
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A joint military exercise involving Saudi and Sudanese troops began in northern Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (SPA)
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A joint military exercise involving Saudi and Sudanese troops began in northern Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (SPA)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Saudi troops in separate joint drills with US and Sudanese forces

  • The joint Saudi-US war games is being held in the Kingdom's central region
  • The Saudi-Sudanese military exercise is being held in the Kingdom's northern region

JEDDAH: A joint military drill between Saudi Arabia and the US army, Shield of Prevention-2 has kicked off on Sunday to support security, stability and cooperation in the region.

A statement on the Saudi Press Agency announced that branches of the Saudi Royal Land Forces have joined the military exercise with the friendly US armed forces. 

Maj. Gen. Marei bin Saad Al-Amri has welcomed the participants in military drill, as he praised the participation of US forces in this exercise.

He also thanked participants for their efforts in the planning and preparation stages for the military drill.

Al-Amri said the exercise aims to raise the competencies of the participating forces, allows the exchanging of expertise between the Saudi and American forces, and raises the training  level of the Saudi Armed Forces.    

Maj.Gen. Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Shiblan, general supervisor of the exercise, said that the objectives of the exercise are to reach the highest degree of coordination between the various branches of the Saudi armed forces and respond immediately and effectively against any crises. 

As well as achieving national level cooperation with other government bodies, he added. 

In addition, as part of the Determination 1, field exercises kicked off on Sunday between the Saudi Royal Land Forces and the Sudanese Army in the attendance of Northern Region’s Major General Salah bin Ahmad Al-Zahrani, and several Sudanese military officers. 


Saudi Crown Prince sends Modi letter of thanks after leaving India

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Saudi Crown Prince sends Modi letter of thanks after leaving India

  • In the letter, the crown prince expressed “gratitude and appreciation” for Modi’s hospitality
  • After his visit to India, the crown prince arrived in China on Thursday

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a letter of thanks to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his departure from India on Wednesday.

In the letter, the crown prince expressed “gratitude and appreciation” for Modi’s hospitality during his visit with the Saudi delegation.  

“The talks we had confirmed the strength of the strategic relations between our countries, and the importance of improving cooperation in all fields, in a way that would serve the best interests of our states and nations,” the letter said.

After his visit to India, the crown prince arrived in China on Thursday, on the third leg of his Asia tour that started in Pakistan.

Here is the letter in full:

Prime Minister of the Republic of India

Greetings,

I am pleased to express my gratitude and appreciation for your hospitality towards me and my delegation.

The talks we had confirmed the strength of the strategic relations between our countries, and the importance of improving cooperation in all fields, in a way that would serve the best interests of our states and nations.

Wishing health and happiness for your country, and progress and prosperity for your friendly nation, accept my sincerest greetings and appreciation.

Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud

Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister