Kingdom, Russia set to promote strategic cooperation

Updated 05 October 2015
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Kingdom, Russia set to promote strategic cooperation

JEDDAH: Russia and Saudi Arabia plan to discuss bilateral cooperation during their Joint Commission meeting scheduled for the end of October, Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak said in a statement on Friday.
Novak’s statement given to Russian reporters said both countries will discuss joint projects, and the development of trade and economic cooperation in all sectors, including energy.
Russian newspaper Sputnik in a report on Saturday quoted Saudi Ambassador to Russia Abdul Rahman Al-Rassi as saying that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman plans to visit Russia “very soon” and that Riyadh is counting on the establishment of strategic cooperation with Moscow, including in the field of security.
Relationships between Riyadh and Moscow saw a significant recovery this year, culminating in a visit by Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman to Moscow, where he held talks with President Vladimir Putin.
It was previously announced on the sidelines of the visit that King Salman had earlier accepted an invitation from Putin to visit Russia.


Coalition acts against Houthi drone capabilities in Yemen’s capital

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Coalition acts against Houthi drone capabilities in Yemen’s capital

  • The attacks are a continuation of previous strikes aimed at reducing Houthi capabilities

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition has began an operation to diminish the drone capabilities of the Houthi militia at a presidential palace camp in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, Saudi Arabia’s AlEkhbariya TV announced early Saturday.

Earlier this month, a Houthi workshop manufacturing unmanned drones and a launchpad were destoryed in a coalition strike.

The attacks are a continuation of previous strikes aimed at reducing Houthi capabilities, and counter their efforts at launching attacks against the Kingdom.

On Apr. 3, five people were injured, including a woman and a child, when two Houthi drones targeting civilian areas in Saudi Arabia were intercepted and destroyed.

In early March, Saudi Arabia’s Royal Air Defense Force again shot down a Houthi drone that was flying toward the Kingdom.