Vital joint exercises between Pakistan, Saudi Arabia naval forces commence

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Major joint naval exercises between the Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) commenced on Saturday at the Saudi Arabian Port of Jubail.(Pakistan Navy)
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Major joint naval exercises between the Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) commenced on Saturday at the Saudi Arabian Port of Jubail.(Pakistan Navy)
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Major joint naval exercises between the Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) commenced on Saturday at the Saudi Arabian Port of Jubail.(Pakistan Navy)
Updated 13 March 2018

Vital joint exercises between Pakistan, Saudi Arabia naval forces commence

JEDDAH: The joint naval exercises between the Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), Naseem Al-Bahr-11 and Deraa Al Sahil-4, commenced on Sunday in the Arabian Gulf at the East Fleet at the King Abdulaziz Naval Base (KANB), SPA reported.
“Through these exercises, we aim to exchange experiences, improve combat readiness, and strengthen cooperation between the two countries,” said RSNF Eastern Fleet Rear Admiral Laafi bin Hussain Al-Harbi.
He added: “A number of Saudi and Pakistani naval ships, boats, and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft are participating in these exercises, in addition to the Royal Saudi Air Force.”
Exercise Director Brig. Gen. Sajir bin Rufaid Al-Enezi said: “The exercises in which the Marines and Special Naval Forces participate are a simulation of real military operations, conventional warfare, and mine action operations.”
“These exercises also include shooting with live ammunition as well as interception, inspection, and counter-piracy operations,” he added.


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 3 min 48 sec ago

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.