Saudi-Kuwaiti ties ‘unprecedented’ in social, political integration

Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, right, meets Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, vice chairman of the Saudi-Kuwaiti Parliamentary Friendship Committee on Thursday. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 10 January 2019
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Saudi-Kuwaiti ties ‘unprecedented’ in social, political integration

  • Al-Ghanim said that the “unprecedented” Saudi-Kuwaiti relationship was particularly solid in terms of social, economic and political integration

JEDDAH: Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim on Thursday welcomed a top-level delegation from the Saudi Shoura Council to his country’s parliamentary headquarters. The Saudi party of representatives was led by Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, vice chairman of the Saudi-Kuwaiti Parliamentary Friendship Committee and a member of the Shoura Council.
During talks, Al-Ghamdi stressed the importance of the strong and historic links between the two countries. Al-Ghanim said that the “unprecedented” Saudi-Kuwaiti relationship was particularly solid in terms of social, economic and political integration.

On behalf of all Kuwaitis, Al-Ghanim went on to thank Saudi Arabia and its people for their support during the occupation of Kuwait, and he praised the unification role played by the Saudi Shoura Council speaker, Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, in the Arab and Islamic parliaments. As part of its official visit to Kuwait, the Shoura Council delegation also met with Dr. Hamoud Al-Khudair, chairman of the Kuwaiti National Assembly’s Health, Social and Labor Affairs Committee.
Among the subjects discussed were future cooperation between the two countries, and Kuwait’s charity and humanitarian aid work.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”