Saudi-British Green Flag drills conclude in Taif

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A speech ceremony was held to mark the occasion, after which prizes and souvenirs were distributed to participants. (SPA)
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A speech ceremony was held to mark the occasion, after which prizes and souvenirs were distributed to participants. (SPA)
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Participants from both sides showed high levels of professionalism and readiness, and came out with positive results from applying tactics and tasks carried out by pilots during the aerial exercises. (SPA)
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Participants from both sides showed high levels of professionalism and readiness, and came out with positive results from applying tactics and tasks carried out by pilots during the aerial exercises. (SPA)
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A speech ceremony was held to mark the occasion, after which prizes and souvenirs were distributed to participants. (SPA)
Updated 07 December 2018

Saudi-British Green Flag drills conclude in Taif

  • The Green Flag drills for 2018 carried out between the Royal Saudi Air Force and the UK’s Royal Air Force
  • A speech ceremony was held to mark the occasion, after which prizes and souvenirs were distributed to participants

JEDDAH: The Green Flag drills for 2018 carried out between the Royal Saudi Air Force and the UK’s Royal Air Force ended on Thursday at the King Fahd Air Base in Taif.

A speech ceremony was held to mark the occasion, during which attendees heard a brief summary of what was carried out in the exercise, after which prizes and souvenirs were distributed to participants.

Major General Haidar bin Rafie Al-Omari, commander of the air base and the exercise, said the Green Flag 2018 exercises had been a success and that it had achieved its desired goals, by deepening the bonds of cooperation and exchange of experiences between the two air forces of both two countries and by raising the level of combat readiness.

Al-Omari also added that the participants from both sides showed high levels of professionalism and readiness, and came out with positive results from applying tactics and tasks carried out by pilots during the aerial exercises with proficiency in dealing with hypothetical situations applied, such as electronic warfare and neutralizing air targets and air control.

Colonel Khaled bin Yousuf Al-Yousuf praised the high level of participation in the Green Flag drill, stressing that the evaluation indicators were very positive. He added that the green flag drill and other exercises carried out by the Saudi Air Force showed a high level of mastery, whether on the logistical or technical levels.

He adding that the Saudi pilots are proving day after day that they are among the best. He said that all the armed forces and the Air Force in particular, are provided the needed support and care from the Saudi wise leadership, both in terms of qualification and training, or on the level of equipment and armament.


Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

Updated 23 August 2019

Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

  • Chechen president hails Kingdom’s support for Islamic unity, moderation
  • Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the Friday sermon

GROZNY: The minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance headed the Saudi delegation to the opening of what Chechen authorities said is the largest mosque in Europe on Friday.
Upon his arrival at Grozny International Airport, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said the construction of the Fakhr Al-Muslimeen Mosque is a source of happiness.
The marble-decorated mosque has capacity for more than 30,000 people and has been described by the Chechen authorities as the “largest and most beautiful” mosque in Europe.
The opening was held under the patronage of Chechen President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, with the participation of Islamic delegations from a number of countries.
Al-Asheikh was received by Salah Mezhiev, advisor to Kadyrov and Chechnya’s supreme mufti, as well as other officials. Al-Asheikh said Saudi Arabia works hard to spread moderation throughout the Islamic world.
Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the first Friday sermon to be given in the mosque at the request of President Kadyrov.
Kadyrov welcomed the Saudi delegation and congratulated the Kingdom’s leadership on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
He hailed Saudi support for Islamic unity, spreading moderation and combating all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, also attended the opening of the mosque.
The mosque's grounds, planted with flowers and sprinkled with fountains, can host an additional 70,000 worshippers, local authorities said.