Operation to continue till goals achieved

Updated 27 March 2015

Operation to continue till goals achieved

In a late-night press conference on Thursday, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Assiri, consultant in the Office of the Minister of Defense, said: “The military operations will continue till all objectives are achieved. The main aim of the first stage of the military operations was to destroy rebel warplanes. A number of rebels, who were heading toward the Saudi borders, were killed in the raids. The ultimate aim is to restore the legitimate government of Yemen to power.”
He said there would be no negative impact on domestic airlines in the Kingdom. “The flights were suspended to the southern cities for security reasons. It was temporary.”
He said the Yemeni airspace was in Saudi control “within 15 minutes of the airstrikes.” All Saudi aircraft returned to the base safely after hitting their targets.

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

Updated 10 December 2019

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.