Al-Balawi is new Border Guard chief

Updated 31 January 2015
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Al-Balawi is new Border Guard chief

The Interior Ministry has appointed a new director-general of the Border Guard.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, second deputy premier and minister of interior, announced recently that Maj. Gen. Awad bin Eid Al-Balawi would be placed in this position.
Al-Balawi was appointed acting director-general of the Border Guard in August 2014 following the death of Gen. Zamim Al-Sawat. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pakistan Naval Academy and master’s degree from the World Maritime University in Sweden.
Al-Balawi previously held various other positions, completed several advanced training courses and attended local and international conferences on conflict management, negotiation skills, problem analysis, crisis environmental management, decision making and piracy.
He also served as the chairman of the standing committee for the management of maritime disasters and participated in the work of international committees fighting piracy.
Al-Balawi was also a member of the Saudi delegation at International Maritime Organization meetings.
Al-Balawi thanked Prince Mohammed bin Naif for appointing him the chief the Border Guard, which is the premier security agency protecting the country’s borders. He said he is now “more motivated to serve Islam, the king and the Kingdom.”
The Border Guard, based in Riyadh, maintains security on the Kingdom’s 8,000-km sea and land borders. It consists of several key departments and subsidiaries and nine affiliated commands in Makkah, Madinah, Eastern Province, Tabuk, Jazan, Northern Border, Asir, Al-Jouf and Najran.


Saudi King Salman receives US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Updated 21 min 8 sec ago
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Saudi King Salman receives US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

  • Pompeo thanked King Salman for his commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation
  • The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister and ambassador to Washington

RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo thanked Saudi King Salman for his commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi disappearance.

Pompeo met with King Salman in the Saudi capital on Tuesday, before arriving at Riyadh’s royal palace to talk with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The US chief diplomat was greeted at Riyadh airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman, an AFP correspondent reported.

“I hope you are comfortable here,” the king told Pompeo, according to the reporters. Pompeo responded, “Thank you for accepting my visit on behalf of President Trump.”