Saudi Arabian troops arrive in Egypt for joint military exercise with Arab allies

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Saudi Arabian troops started arriving in Egypt on Wednesday as part of a joint exercise involving armed forces from other Arab countries and the Egyptian military. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian troops started arriving in Egypt on Wednesday as part of a joint exercise involving armed forces from other Arab countries and the Egyptian military. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian troops started arriving in Egypt on Wednesday as part of a joint exercise involving armed forces from other Arab countries and the Egyptian military. (SPA)
Updated 31 October 2018
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Saudi Arabian troops arrive in Egypt for joint military exercise with Arab allies

LONDON: Saudi Arabian troops started arriving in Egypt on Wednesday as part of a joint exercise involving armed forces from other Arab countries and the Egyptian military.
In a statement made on Facebook, Egyptian military spokesman Col. Tamer Al-Refai said that air, ground, naval and special forces from the Kingdom, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan were arriving in Egypt for the exercises called “The Shield of the Arabs 1,” due to be held from Nov. 3-16.
Al-Refai said observers from Lebanon and Morocco will also attend the maneuvers.
Al-Refai said the exercises were part of Egypt’s efforts to enhance military cooperation with other regional allies but declined to speculate on whether they could evolve into some sort of a military alliance.
Saudi Arabia’s military attaché to Egypt, Brig. Abdullah bin Yusuf Al-Jasser, said that the exercises would “develop and strengthen military cooperation between the armed forces of the Arab countries.”
US President Donald Trump’s administration has been calling for Arab countries to start putting together what some White House officials have called an “Arab NATO.”


FaceOf: Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to Germany

Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan
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FaceOf: Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to Germany

  • He was appointed to this position in June 2017
  • Prince Khalid graduated from the University of Oxford obtaining a degree in Oriental studies

Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan is the Saudi ambassador to Germany. 

He was appointed to this position in June 2017. Prince Khalid is the son of Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the former head of Saudi intelligence.

He has also served his country as an adviser to the Saudi ambassador to the US for three years. Prince Khalid has also worked at the UN’s department of political affairs in New York. Prince Khalid bin Bandar is also the executive chairman of Dayım Holding, established in 2006 to act as a vehicle for investment, strategic partnerships and joint ventures in Saudi Arabia. 

He also headed Hertz Equipment Rental in Saudi Arabia, and led several other key business ventures. 

Prince Khalid graduated from the University of Oxford obtaining a degree in Oriental studies. He also graduated from the Sandhurst Military Academy as a commissioned officer, before obtaining a post-graduate degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

Prince Khalid married Lucy Caroline Cuthbert in 2011. She is the maternal niece of Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland. The ambassador was recently interviewed by German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag in which he commented on Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi’s case.

“The whole thing is a tragedy. For his family, but also for our country. I am very sad to see how much of our work has been destroyed as a result. We will ensure that those responsible are punished,” the envoy said. “We do not deal with dissidents and exiles in this way. They remain Saudi citizens and if they have problems, we take care of them. homeland is there for them.”