OIC supports military action in Yemen

Updated 27 March 2015
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OIC supports military action in Yemen

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has backed the military action in Yemen and slammed the Houthis for undermining the country’s legitimate government.
Iyad Ameen Madani, secretary general of the OIC, said here Thursday that military action was inevitable to save the country from “the chaos unleashed on it by the Houthi group and its repercussions for the entire region.” He said the OIC was following events with great concern.
Madani said the coalition forces would have to ensure that the country’s constitutionally mandated institutions are allowed to operate unfettered.
He said the OIC had warned repeatedly that the excesses of the Houthis would plunge the country into civil war, which would force certain groups to seek help from external forces and thus violate the nation’s constitution.
Madani said the Houthis had scuttled the national dialogue, the peace agreement and national partnership, and rejected the Gulf initiative on the peaceful transfer of power, which was sponsored by the United Nations and supported by the OIC and several international and regional organizations.
Madani reiterated that the OIC rejects interference in Yemen’s internal affairs as stipulated in its charter. He hoped that the operations now under way would restore stability and peace in the country, so that it takes its rightful place in the Islamic world.


Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli, vice rector at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

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Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli, vice rector at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli is the vice rector for applied studies and research at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran.

He has been published more than 100 times in reputable journals and given lectures at more than 35 conferences. He has been involved in research grants exceeding SR120 million ($32 million) supported by companies and institutions such as the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Aramco, KFUPM and Lockheed Martin Aircraft Industries.

Al-Aqeeli has 17 patents registered with the US Patent Office and three with the Gulf Patent Office. He got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from KFUPM and his doctorate in materials engineering from McGill University in Canada.

He worked in the materials, science, and engineering department of MIT as a postdoctoral fellow and was a research scientist at Harvard.

Al-Aqeeli has won several awards, including the Almarai prize from KACST for creative achievement in 2015 and the Arab Creativity Award from the Arab Thought Foundation that same year. He is a member of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, the American Society for Metals-International, and chairman of the board at the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering.

Female students of KFUPM represented the Kingdom at Intel ISEF 2019 in Arizona, US. They won five major awards. Shouq Faisal Madani received a scholarship from the University of Arizona. 

Commenting on the achievement of KFUPM students, Al-Aqeeli said: “We are proud of the students of the university.”

He also vowed to take measures to promote and nurture local talent.