Saudi-French joint-military exercise Al-Rieck 2 continues

The exercise aims to enrich the skills of special forces by exchanging military expertise and skills in mountain operations through intensive training. (SPA)
Updated 10 October 2017

Saudi-French joint-military exercise Al-Rieck 2 continues

RIYADH: The Al-Rieck 2 joint military exercise between Saudi Arabia and France continues to train troops on planning and implementing military operations in mountain environments.
Lt. Col. Abdullah Al-Otaiby, the Saudi training leader of the maneuver, clarified that the exercise aims to enrich the skills of special forces by exchanging military expertise and skills in mountain operations through intensive training.
“After the success achieved by Al-Rieck 1, which focused on raids, ambushes and reconnaissance operations, we hope that Al-Rieck 2 achieves the same success in mountain operations, thanks to the latest methods of training being used,” said Al-Otaiby.
Captain Paul Chantrel, the French training leader said that the maneuver is an opportunity for the French forces to train on day and night mountain combat skills, indicating that the “mountains in Saudi Arabia are a lot different from the mountains and terrains we know in France, which is a plus for us.”


Saudi Arabia reaffirms support for Afghanistan during donor conference

Updated 24 November 2020

Saudi Arabia reaffirms support for Afghanistan during donor conference

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its support for Afghanistan during a pledging conference for the war-torn nation. 
The event, co-hosted by Finland and the United Nations in Geneva, saw the US, the European Union and other donors pledge billions of dollars in funding for Afghanistan.
Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said the Kingdom has supported more than 35 projects in Afghanistan in various sectors, at a cost of more than $24m. 
The projects covered the humanitarian, health, education, water and food security fields. 
Al-Wasel said the Kingdom participated in all donor conferences held for Afghanistan out of its sense of responsibly towards Afghanistan and hopes for the country to achieve security and prosperity. 
He said the Kingdom believes that achieving stability in Afghanistan requires collective support through several steps, including conciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban, as well as the group’s commitment to renounce violence and engage in the political process. 
Countries like Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, the United States and Canada stepped forward with hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of pledges for Afghanistan, after speeches from officials like Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.