Saudi Arabian troops continue joint military drills with US armed forces

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A joint military drill between Saudi Arabia and the US army, called the Shield of Prevention-2, is continuing in the Kingdom having launched on Sunday. (SPA)
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A joint military drill between Saudi Arabia and the US army, called the Shield of Prevention-2, is continuing in the Kingdom having launched on Sunday. (SPA)
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A joint military drill between Saudi Arabia and the US army, called the Shield of Prevention-2, is continuing in the Kingdom having launched on Sunday. (SPA)
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A joint military drill between Saudi Arabia and the US army, called the Shield of Prevention-2, is continuing in the Kingdom having launched on Sunday. (SPA)
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A joint military drill between Saudi Arabia and the US army, called the Shield of Prevention-2, is continuing in the Kingdom having launched on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 13 September 2018
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Saudi Arabian troops continue joint military drills with US armed forces

  • A joint military drill between Saudi Arabia and the US army, called the Shield of Prevention-2, is continuing in the Kingdom
  • The exercise is being carried out to support security, stability and cooperation in the region

RIYADH: A joint military drill between Saudi Arabia and the US army, called the Shield of Prevention-2, is continuing in the Kingdom having launched on Sunday.
The exercise — which is being carried out to support security, stability and cooperation in the region — is between branches of the the Saudi Royal Land Forces and and US armed forces.
One of the exercise’s leaders, Col. Al-Tayyar Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al-Jowair, said that the first phase of the joint exercise had been carried out successfully.
Maj. Gen. Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Shiblan, general supervisor of the exercise, said that the objectives of the exercise were to reach the “highest degree of coordination between the various branches of the Saudi armed forces and respond immediately and effectively against any crises,” according to a statement from Saudi Press Agency.


Participants have been carrying out a number of tasks including inspections of hazardous materials, sampling procedures, training of explosive disposal teams, as well as the training of medical units on the mechanism for treating, clearing and evacuating large numbers of people affected in the aftermath of a crisis.
Col. Al-Jowair pointed out that the final stage of the exercise will start next week and will conclude on Wednesday.


Saudi Cabinet welcomes Ethiopian, Eritrean peace agreement

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Cabinet welcomes Ethiopian, Eritrean peace agreement

  • The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meetings with Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali to sign the Jeddah Peace Agreement
  • The king wished the two countries further security, prosperity and stability

JEDDAH: King Salman chaired the Cabinet’s session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday.

The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of his meetings with Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali to sign the Jeddah Peace Agreement.

King Salman expressed his congratulations to the two countries and said that he hoped the signing of the agreement would be a strong basis for closer cooperation and friendship, achieving security and stability, and would positively affect the security and stability of the region.

The king also congratulated Djibouti and Eritrea on their historic meeting in Jeddah — which came in response to his invitation — wishing the two countries further security, prosperity and stability.

The Cabinet praised the efforts of the two countries’ leaders to restore relations between them to establish a new stage that would witness a great development in relations and further cooperation.

The Cabinet congratulated the king and crown prince on the success of these efforts, which resulted in the signing of the Jeddah Peace Agreement and also the historic meeting between Djibouti and Eritrea after ten years of severed relations. 

The Cabinet praised the resolutions of the 150th ordinary session of the Arab League’s Council at the level of foreign ministers held in Cairo, and the statement issued by the Arab Quartet Ministerial Committee held on the sidelines of the 150th session of the Arab League’s Council, on the follow-up of the crisis with Iran and ways to address its interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.

The Cabinet highlighted the terrorism practiced by Iran through its interference in Arab affairs, which needs cooperation to confront and deter, reiterating that the Kingdom has made efforts to combat terrorism and has not hesitated to provide support with the cooperation of the international community to address this.

The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s strong condemnation of the suicide bombings north of Tikrit in Iraq, the Somali capital of Mogadishu and Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, expressing condolences to the families of the victims, the governments and peoples of Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.