US steps up arms shipments to support Decisive Storm

Updated 30 April 2015

US steps up arms shipments to support Decisive Storm

The US has stepped up weapons deliveries in support of the Saudi-led coalition resisting the advance of terrorists in Yemen, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Riyadh.
“We’ve increased our intelligence sharing, and we’ve established a joint coordination planning cell in the Saudi operations center,” said Blinken.
“Saudi Arabia is sending a strong message to the Houthis and their allies that they cannot overrun Yemen by force,” Blinken said.
“In support of that effort we have expedited weapons deliveries,” he said after talks with Saudi officials.
Blinken said it “is more important than ever” that the US and the Gulf Cooperation Council states coordinate closely and press all parties especially the Houthis and their allies “to commit to a consensus political solution.”


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018

Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.