Tajikistan, Yemen thank king for aid

Updated 01 April 2016
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Tajikistan, Yemen thank king for aid

RIYADH: The King Salman Relief Center (KSRC) has been praised for providing further aid to support those hit by a devastating earthquake in Tajikistan and for the rebuilding of Yemen.
This week, the KSRC launched the third phase of its aid to Tajikistan, which had been devastated by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the Gorno-Badakhshan region, destroying 1,327 houses and displacing 7,962 people.
Earlier, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, KSRC head, told local media that the aid included 300 food parcels and 18 tons of coal delivered to the city of Rushan in the presence of Saudi Embassy representatives and the Tajik Red Crescent Society.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Al-Maitami, Yemen’s minister of planning and international cooperation and chairman of the reconstruction and development committee, thanked King Salman for the aid.
Al-Maitami said Saudi Arabia had provided 60 percent of all the relief flowing to the country. He made the comment in a press statement following his meeting with Al-Rabeeah.
He said no words could express the gratitude of millions of Yemeni people who have benefited from the aid from the King Salman and several international organizations.
He said the aid would help reconstruct the country at a time when Yemenis were facing hard and difficult times. There would be support provided for every home in every village, he was quoted as saying by the local media.
“The committee for the reconstruction and development of Yemen came to meet the officials at the center to discuss the second phase of the aid for my country,” he said.
He thanked the center’s chief executive officer Maher Al-Hadrawi and all its employees for their efforts. The two sides discussed also the role the center could play in the urgent reconstruction of Taiz, Marib and Jouf.


Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

Updated 43 min 47 sec ago
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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.