OIC reaffirms support to lasting peace in Afghanistan

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani speaks with Afghan delegations at the presidential palace in Kabul on April 17, 2019. (REUTERS/ Afghan presidency handout photo)
Updated 19 April 2019
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OIC reaffirms support to lasting peace in Afghanistan

RIYADH: Ambassador Huseyin Avni Botsali, the permanent representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Kabul, met with Afghan leaders regarding the peace process, inter-Afghan dialogue and negotiations with the Taliban.
Botsali met with Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, and presidential advisers to reiterate the OIC’s “firm commitment to lasting peace, stability and development in Afghanistan.”
President Ashraf Ghani has also invited OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen to pay an official visit to Afghanistan to review cooperation, OIC activities, and the International Ulema Conference for Peace and Security in Afghanistan’s Makkah Declaration of July 2018.


Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

Updated 20 June 2019
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Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

PARIS: Saudi defense chiefs signed a number of strategic partnerships with major global companies while taking part in the prestigious Paris Air Show.
The pavilion of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company received a succession of key aerospace-industry figures during the Kingdom’s first exhibition appearance at the world’s largest aviation event.
High-profile visitors welcomed by SAMI chief executive offer, Andreas Schwer, included chairman of the SAMI board of directors, Ahmad Al-Khatib, deputy chairman of the SAMI board of directors and chairman of the board of directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Commission, Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, and president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.
The pavilion also received a senior delegation from the Saudi Presidency of State Security, along with the director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser.
During the second day of the air show, which runs until June 23 at Le Bourget airport in Paris, SAMI officials took part in meetings and signed strategic partnerships with global businesses involved in the four areas of the company’s work, namely air and ground systems, weapons, missiles and defense electronics.
At a signing ceremony in the SAMI pavilion, company chiefs also put pen to paper on a joint project agreement with US aerospace and defense company L3 Technologies for cooperation in the field of electro-optical and infra-red technology and special task systems inside Saudi Arabia. In February, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the joint project.