Joint Saudi-Egyptian military exercise wraps up in Egypt

Saudi and Egyptian officers at the conclusion of the joint military maneuvers in Egypt. (SPA)
Updated 26 September 2017

Joint Saudi-Egyptian military exercise wraps up in Egypt

CAIRO: The joint Saudi-Egyptian military maneuvers “Faisal 11” concluded in Egypt in the presence of the commander of the Egyptian Air Force Lt. Gen. Younes Al-Sayed Al-Masri and acting commander of the Saudi Royal Air Force Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Otaibi and a number of officers.
The final exercises included shooting with live ammunition and a number of different aerial military tactics.
In a statement to announce the closing of the drill, the Saudi senior officer expressed pride at the performance of all participants in the maneuvers, reflecting the professionalism and the strength of harmony in the conduct of the tasks carried out by the air forces of two brotherly countries.


King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

Updated 32 min 40 sec ago

King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • Among the many issues expected to be discussed is a greater level of integration between Gulf countries

RIYADH: GCC leaders arrived in Riyadh Tuesday for a summit that will focus on improving integration between Gulf countries.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting will be chaired by King Salman, who met the representatives from each country as they landed.

The heads of the delegations including 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.

GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani said Gulf leaders will discuss a number of important issues to enhance the process of cooperation and integration among member states in various political, defense, security, economic and social fields.

They will also review regional and international political developments, security conditions in the region, and their implications for the security and stability of the GCC countries.

Among the topics on the agenda is the war in Yemen and Iran’s interference in regional affairs.

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.