Drones take center stage at aviation talks

Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi, GACA chairman. (SPA)
Updated 21 December 2018
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Drones take center stage at aviation talks

  • GACA recently signed a series of strategic agreements in the civil aviation domain at an air services event in Nairobi

JEDDAH: An official from the Saudi General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) took part in a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) civil aviation meeting in Kuwait City on Thursday.
Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi, GACA chairman, joined the GCC executive committee’s 15th meeting, which was hosted by Kuwait’s civil aviation body in conjunction with the GCC's top management.
The meeting discussed devising mechanisms for the use of drones and creating a unified program for safety assessments of foreign aircraft, along with other topics on its agenda.
GACA recently signed a series of strategic agreements in the civil aviation domain at an air services event in Nairobi.
The accords were aimed at facilitating air operations, ensuring air safety and aviation security and regulating the air transport industry.
During the meeting, the Saudi delegation concluded bilateral agreements in the field of air transport services with Colombia, Seychelles and Rwanda.


Saudi Arabia ‘strongly condemns’ Houthi attack on Yemen UN monitors

Updated 18 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia ‘strongly condemns’ Houthi attack on Yemen UN monitors

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Friday strongly condemned the targeting of “UN personnel by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen” after cease-fire monitors came under fire.
The attack took place on Thursday in Hodeidah, where a truce agreed in talks in Sweden came into force last month.
The Houthi militia “have violated their signed commitments in Stockholm and continue to flout international law and escalate their aggression against the Yemeni people,” Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman tweeted on Friday.


The UN said one round of small arms fire struck a UN-marked armored vehicle that was part of convoy carrying chief monitor Patrick Cammaert.
The UN monitors arrived in Hodeida — the entry point for the bulk of Yemen’s imports — on Dec. 23. The UN Security Council this week agreed to expand the force to 75 monitors.