Turkey will be guest of honor at Saudi armed forces exhibition

Supporting local companies to enhance production and quality through working with international companies will be one of the key aims of the Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversification of Local Manufacturing. (AN Photo)
Updated 21 February 2018

Turkey will be guest of honor at Saudi armed forces exhibition

RIYADH: Supporting local companies to enhance production and quality through working with international companies will be one of the key aims of the Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversification of Local Manufacturing (AFED).
Gen. Attiya Al-Maliki, spokesman for the exhibition and director general of the department overseeing the localization of manufacturing, said that Turkey would be guest of honor at the armed forces exhibition. The Ministry of National Guard would also participate in the exhibition.
During a press conference in Riyadh on Wednesday, Al-Maliki said the AFED, held from Feb. 25 to March 3 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center, was in line with the Vision 2030 strategy.
Al-Maliki said there would be seminars and workshops during the event to present obstacles and how to overcome the challenges with proposals for industries. He said it would be a good opportunity for manufacturers and investors to identify business opportunities.
He said that when hearing about the AFED, many people “believe the companies are exclusive in showcasing only military needs, but that is not correct. In truth, we use products that are used both for military and civilian needs.”
“AFED is in line with Vision 2030 to support local products and manufacturing, and this is a tool to make Vision 2030 a reality,” he said.
The aim of the exhibition is to locally manufacture arms so that the nation’s factories benefited from sales rather than buying them from abroad.
The first AFED exhibition was launched in 2010 in Riyadh exclusively for the armed forces. The second exhibition was held in Dhahran in partnership with Saudi Aramco and Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC). The third exhibition was held in Riyadh in 2016 with Saudi Aramco, SABIC and a growing number of companies.
Earlier, Al-Maliki said that the exhibition was part of the government’s economic reforms, which aimed to stimulate investment, support non-oil exports and develop a knowledge-based economy.


Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

Updated 26 October 2020

Houthis, Iran condemned over new drone attacks on KSA

  • One civilian injured by shrapnel after Saudi-led coalition intercepts four flying bombs launched from Yemen

JEDDAH: Houthi militias and their Iranian backers were condemned on Sunday after the Saudi-led coalition intercepted four explosive-laden drones in two attacks launched from Yemen targeting the south of the Kingdom.

Three of the drones were destroyed early on Saturday and a fourth on Sunday. Shrapnel that fell in Sarat Abidah governorate injured a civilian, and damaged five homes and three vehicles, said civil defense spokesman Capt. Mohammed Abdu Al-Sayed.

Iran was increasing its support to the Houthis to undermine efforts for peace, Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, the political analyst and international relations scholar, told Arab News.

“They want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.”

Iranians want the Houthis to sabotage all they can in Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether their target is a populated area, oil facilities or even a sacred place. This adds tension to the area, and that is what Iran is working on.

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, political analyst and international relations scholar

Al-Shehri said the situation in Yemen would remain the same unless the legitimate government was returned to Yemen, Security Council Resolution 2216 was put into practice and the Houthi militia were removed.

“Without these things, the Yemen crisis will not end and the whole region will remain in tension.”

The Houthis did not differentiate between military sites and civilian locations, he said.

“Their objective is to damage all places they can reach in Saudi Arabia, and their latest attempts to attack a populated area are nothing new.

“They have also targeted airports and some Aramco oil facilities. If the Aramco attack had not been contained, the damage would have affected the whole Eastern region. They have also attempted to target Makkah, where pilgrims and worshippers were performing their rituals.

“They don’t care. If you look back at what the Revolutionary Guards did at the Grand Mosque, you will realize it is not strange that the Houthis are trying to destroy everything in Saudi Arabia. The strange thing is the silence of the world toward what is happening.”