Saudi Cabinet vows support for Sudanese people

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 17 April 2019
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Saudi Cabinet vows support for Sudanese people

  • Saudi Arabia calls on Yemeni people to isolate Houthis

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet has renewed the Kingdom’s support for the people of Sudan and the actions of the transitional military council in working to restore stability and security to the country.
In a session of the Council of Ministers, chaired by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, members highlighted the monarch’s directives to send aid to Sudan including medicines, corn and petroleum products.
The Cabinet also expressed its appreciation to Pakistani President Arif Alvi for his statement at the 4th International Message of Islam Conference in Islamabad which lauded the strong bond between the two countries.
And members pointed to Pakistan’s honoring of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with the global influential figure of 2018 award in appreciation of his efforts to support Islam, Muslims worldwide and global peace.
In a statement, Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah said that the Cabinet had discussed the convening of the first session of the Yemeni Parliament since the 2014 Houthi coup.
Council members agreed the meeting, held on Saturday in the city of Seiyun, was a step forward and showed the resolve of the Yemeni people to regain their country and unity and isolate the Iranian-backed Houthis.
The Cabinet authorized the Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif to discuss a draft agreement on security cooperation with Ethiopia.
The Kingdom’s Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi was given the go-ahead to start negotiations on a deal with Iraq over the mutual protection of investments.
Ministers went on to approve a memorandum of understanding for technical cooperation between the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia and the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, an agency of the US State Department.
The Cabinet also noted a new passport developed by Interpol for officials on work-related missions.


Saudi Arabian Military Industries acquires electronics firm AEC

Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman, Saudi Arabian Military Industries Co. (SAMI)
Updated 38 min 20 sec ago
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Saudi Arabian Military Industries acquires electronics firm AEC

  • AEC will be the main structure of SAMI’s cyberdefense unit, while SAMI’s total number of employees will dramatically rise to 2,200 as a result of the acquisition

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Military Industries Co. (SAMI) has announced that it has acquired the entirety of shares available in Advanced Electronics Co. (AEC).
The revelation came during a joint Saudi-British event in London, attended by the chairman of SAMI, Ahmad Al-Khatib, and the chairman of BAE Systems, Roger Carr.
AEC, based in Riyadh, provides modern electronics, manufacturing capabilities and repair and maintenance services in defense, information and communication technology, energy and cybersecurity at local, regional and international levels.
SAMI’s investment in AEC is part of its ongoing efforts to increase and strengthen local Saudi military industries in line with Vision 2030.
Al-Khatib said: “SAMI was established three years ago after the announcement of Vision 2030, and since then, we have made great progress.
“The agreement signed today marks a milestone in our journey as it will enable us to intensify our efforts to build a strong, dynamic and sustainable military industry in Saudi Arabia. SPA Riyadh
“Cyberdefense is an important component of the defense sector and, therefore, the acquisition of AEC places SAMI on the map of the global defense industry, supporting our ambitions in this sector, contributing to raising the proportion of local products, and stimulating economic growth in general.”
AEC will be the main structure of SAMI’s cyberdefense unit, while SAMI’s total number of employees will dramatically rise to 2,200 as a result of the acquisition.
In addition to facilitating the transfer of technology, promoting local production, and deepening maintenance, repair and overhaul processes, the acquisition will enable SAMI to develop its own hardware and software products to help achieve its strategic objectives for 2030.