Saudi Arabia says Turkish military base not needed in the Kingdom

King Salman receives Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister. (SPA)
Updated 18 June 2017

Saudi Arabia says Turkish military base not needed in the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said Saturday a Turkish military base similar to that built in Qatar would not be welcome in the Kingdom, stressing it is “not needed.”
The statement came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly said he had offered to build a military base in Saudi Arabia shortly after work began on Turkey’s facility in Qatar.
“The Kingdom cannot allow Turkey to set up a military base on its territory,” said a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). The statement, quoting an official source, said Saudi Arabia has no need for this, adding that its armed forces and military capabilities are “at the best level.”
The official said Saudi armed forces are participating abroad, including Turkey’s Incirlik base, “in the fight against terrorism and protecting security and stability in the region.”
Turkey is supporting Qatar in the diplomatic crisis involving three Gulf countries. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain have broken off ties and imposed sanctions on Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism and courting regional rival Iran — allegations Doha denies.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Vice President Iyad Allawi accused Qatar of promoting a plan to split Iraq along sectarian lines.
Allawi is a secular Shiite politician who has some support within Iraq’s Sunni community. His position as vice president is largely ceremonial and his views do not reflect those of the government.
“In Iraq, Qatar adopted a project similar to that of Iran; to split Iraq into a Sunni region in exchange for a Shiite region,” Allawi told a news conference in Cairo. “Unfortunately, some Arab states were silent when it came to Qatar.”
“It is time we all spoke honestly and made things clear (to the Qataris) so we can reach some results,” Allawi said. “After that confrontation, comes reconciliation.”
— With input from Reuters


Mohammed Abdul-Jawad, former Saudi footballer

Updated 25 min 5 sec ago

Mohammed Abdul-Jawad, former Saudi footballer

  • Abdul-Jawad was the left-back for the Saudi national team
  • Abdul-Jawad was born in November 1962 in Jeddah

Mohammed Abdul-Jawad, former Saudi national football team’s left-back, has recently been appointed coach of the Brazilian club Internacional de Minas’s youth team. 

Abdul-Jawad was born in November 1962 in Jeddah. He joined Al-Ahli team in 1980 at the age of 18. He is famous for his loyalty to the team, as he never switched sides.

His excellent skills helped him earn a spot in the Saudi national squad. He successfully remained part of the national team for 15 years during which he continued to play for Al-Ahli and won several domestic and regional titles.

Abdul-Jawad was part of the Saudi national team that won the Asia Cup in 1984 and 1988, and participated in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 as well as the World Cup finals.

Mario Zagallo, former Brazilian coach of the Saudi team between 1981 and 1984, gave him shirt number 13, which was Zagallo’s number when he played for his country in the 1950s.

In a TV interview, Abdul-Jawad said that Zagallo admired the way he spoke Brazilian and gave him his number as a gift.

The first international appearance for the left-footed defender was in 1981 against Kuwait, which had great strikers like Jasim Yaqoub and Faisal Al-Dakheel. Abdul-Jawad showed excellent performance.

Abdul-Jawad was known for his ability to score beautiful goals from outside the area. The Saudi fans will not forget his goal against Cameroon in the Afro-Asian Cup of Nations championship. The flying-defender, as he was always called, shot from more than 30 yards outside the box and into the Cameroon’s net.

Abdul-Jawad, father of six, hung his boots in 1995 and started another career as a football agent and a pundit for TV football programs. His fluency in English and Portuguese helped him succeed in both careers.