Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri attains star status

Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri. (SPA)
Updated 09 October 2016

Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri attains star status

Writers — expats and Saudis — have been coming up with articles on Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, consultant in the office of the Defense Ministry and spokesman for Operation Decisive Storm, which ended Tuesday.
Well-known Saudi TV host and Islamic scholar Mohsin Shaikh Al-Hassan has written a biography in Arabic of Al-Assiri who was also involved in the 1990-1991 Gulf War but in a different capacity.
According to Al-Hassan, Al-Assiri was a French language translator at the time and was called the “Shadow Man.”
“He speaks fluent French and English which greatly impressed television viewers,” Al-Hassan said.
As spokesman, Al-Hassan added: “Al-Assiri brings to mind Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Rabian, spokesman for the 1990-1991 Gulf War.”
“Many people ask me ‘Who is this Al-Assiri who has become a media superstar?’ That’s why I thought of writing a short biography of him,” Al-Hassan said.
The biography’s working title is “The Media Superstar.”
“He graduated from Saint-Cyr military college in France, which was established by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802,” Al-Hassan said.
He added that Al-Assiri also received a master’s degree in military science from a college in Saudi Arabia and earned another master’s degree in France.
“He earned a third master’s degree in strategic science. He has also received military training at different institutions like Sandhurst Military Academy in the UK and West Point Military Academy in the US,” he said.
Al-Hassan added that Al-Assiri has received awards from different countries like France, Kuwait, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, in addition to medals received in his current position.
“For all his achievements, all Saudis love Al-Assiri,” Al-Hassan said.
He added that Al-Assiri comes from the village of Mohaiyel in Asir region.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

Updated 17 June 2019

Saudi Arabia's King Salman offers $1m to International Civil Aviation Organization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has provided $1 million to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Press Agency reported Monday.

The announcement came as part of the “Kingdom’s efforts in supporting international organizations and bodies and the leadership’s keenness to play an important role in the most important international and regional organizations,” SPA said.

The aid will go towards supporting ICAO’s No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, which aims to assist developing countries in applying the standards and recommended methods for the safety and security of civil aviation.

The aid will also contribute to the costs of translating the organization’s documents and publications into Arabic.

The President of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri thanked King Salman for his support to the aviation sector locally, regionally and globally, 

He said: “this contributes to the development of the aviation industry and to improve the safety and security of civil aviation in developing countries, least developed countries and island states.

The $1 million of financial assistance is an extension of the Kingdom's previous financial support in 2016 which “ the level of safety and security of civil aviation in the Middle East and Africa," Al-Mansouri said.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the ICAO’s president, thanked the king for the support.