Saudi naval forces prepare for Red Wave 1

This exercise aims to enhance maritime security for the countries bordering the Red Sea. (SPA)
Updated 28 December 2018
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Saudi naval forces prepare for Red Wave 1

  • “This exercise includes a number of precisely planned assumptions (or theories) that are consistent with the capabilities of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and our sophisticated marine systems”

JEDDAH: The joint military drill, Red Wave 1, is to launch early next week with the participation of the countries bordering the Red Sea, including Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti and Yemen, in addition to observers from Somalia in the Western Fleet.
“This exercise, which will be implemented by the Saudi naval forces, is one of the most significant, as it aims to enhance maritime security for the countries bordering the Red Sea, protect territorial waters, strengthen military cooperation and exchange combat experience between participants,” said Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili, commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces.
“This exercise includes a number of precisely planned assumptions (or theories) that are consistent with the capabilities of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and our sophisticated marine systems.”


Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 58 min 33 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.