Boeing will be in KSA every step of the way, says company VP

in 1945, the US presented Saudi Arabia with a twin-engine DC-3 Dakota airplane manufactured by Boeing heritage company Douglas Aircraft.
Updated 26 March 2018

Boeing will be in KSA every step of the way, says company VP

JEDDAH: As US-Saudi business ties come into focus this week, there is one American company that has more experience than most in doing business with the Kingdom: Boeing.
The world’s largest aerospace company — which makes commercial jetliners as well as defense, space and security systems — has a longstanding relationship with the Kingdom, dating back to a meeting with the founder of Saudi Arabia himself.
The partnership began on Feb. 14, 1945, when US President Franklin D. Roosevelt presented Saudi Arabia’s founder King Abdul Aziz with a twin-engine DC-3 Dakota airplane manufactured by Boeing heritage company Douglas Aircraft — an event that also marked the birth of commercial air travel in the Kingdom.
So Boeing knows how to make business deals with the Kingdom fly — something many other US companies will be looking to do in New York this week, where a series of top-level corporate meetings will be held during the ongoing visit to the States by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The US aerospace company established Boeing Middle East Limited in Riyadh in 1982 as a 100 percent company-owned entity — and sees its relationship with Saudi Arabia enduring through a time of rapid change for the Kingdom.
“Saudi Arabia is a strategic partner for Boeing. Our goal is to facilitate both local and international industrial collaborations in the Kingdom,” Ahmed Jazzar, president of Boeing Saudi Arabia and vice president of Boeing International, told Arab News.
Jazzar, who is based in Riyadh, said the US company sees a role in helping realize the ambitious aims of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan.
“Boeing’s partnership with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 aims to support the country’s aerospace industry and its ecosystem, through the transfer of knowledge and technology which is a pillar that must be achieved for the Kingdom under the Vision,” he said.
“Boeing’s relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia extends back over 70 years, and with the Vision 2030 roadmap, Boeing will be here every step of the way until the vision is realized.”
Today, Boeing Saudi Arabia Limited supports the execution of all Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Global Service programs in Saudi Arabia.


Riyadh ‘Peace Declaration’ seen as game-changer for stability in Sudan

Updated 14 August 2020

Riyadh ‘Peace Declaration’ seen as game-changer for stability in Sudan

JEDDAH: As chair of the Friends of Sudan group, Saudi Arabia has called for an inclusive sustainable peace process for the country, the Kingdom’s envoy to Khartoum told Arab News.
Participants at the 8th Friends of Sudan meeting, convened via video conference on Wednesday, seized the opportunity to reaffirm their full commitment to Sudan’s Transitional Government in developing an inclusive and sustainable peace plan and economic reform program.
The group, chaired by Saudi Arabia, was represented by the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan. Along with their international partners, through the Riyadh Friends of Sudan meeting, expressing their full confidence in the civilian-led transition under the leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Abdullah Hamdok as they continue to prioritize a comprehensive and inclusive peace plan despite unforeseen challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Kingdom’s Ambassador to Sudan Ali bin Hassan Jafar, told Arab News that the meeting comes at a crucial time for the group and is the first to discuss the peace process at length.
In recognition of its mediation role, Saudi Arabia invited representatives of the government of South Sudan as honorary guests to attend the meeting for the first time following their constructive role in the Juba peace talks.
The high-level representation, led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of South Sudan, Ambassador Beatrice Khamisa Wani, and Chairman of South Sudan Government Committee for Peace Mediation in Sudan Tut Galuak, are a recognition for their role in advancing the Juba Peace Talks negotiations in good faith.
The Friends of Sudan welcomed the participation of the Sudan Revolutionary Front and the Sudan Liberation Movement in the meeting, recognized by the group as a sign of their goodwill and commitment and constructive engagement with the international community to work with Sudan’s Transitional Government to achieve sustainability and peace in their country.
“Great efforts have been made by Saudi Arabia with the help of its international partners at the Friends of Sudan meeting to call on all parties involved to come back to the negotiating table, appealing to them to realize the historic opportunity to reach consensus for sustainable peace talks that will ensure unity, stability and prosperity of Sudan,” said the ambassador.
The Friends of Sudan was established in 2018 as an informal group, and includes countries and organizations committed to joint action to provide support to the transitional government in the country.
Representatives attended the meetings and discussed the best means to coordinate support and work with Sudan’s transitional government to reach economic stability, prosperity and sustainable peace in the country’s critical time.
“The meeting served as a first achievement in the Friends of Sudan group, reaffirming their commitment to helping Sudan sustainable peace. Under Saudi Arabia’s initiative, the group issued the Riyadh declaration ‘Partners for Sustainable Peace in Sudan,” added the ambassador.
The declaration commended the resolution and resolve of most of the outstanding issues during the Juba Peace Talks, said the ambassador.
The road ahead will be challenging, the envoy added.
The Partners for Sustainable Peace in Sudan Declaration (Peace Declaration) expressed their concern that a number of parties remain outside the peace process. The ‘Peace Deceleration’ called on all parties to the conflict to engage in good faith in the peace process and refrain from counterproductive demands, cautioning that all spoilers to the peace process or the implementation of the Political Agreement and Constitutional Charter of Aug. 17, 2019, may have consequences imposed on them.
The inclusion of women and youth in the peace process and the transitional government was also stressed in the meeting.
The declaration reaffirms the group’s commitment and will to remain engaged and assist Sudan’s Transitional Government. Any obstruction to the peace process will prolong the suffering of the Sudanese people, the partners said.
As the world is a financial crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Friends of Sudan group urged in the meeting that parties to the peace talks be aware of Sudan’s economic challenges, prioritize demands that reflect the understanding and appreciation to these challenges and collaborate to find mutual and agreeable solutions.