Saudi security expo to be held in Riyadh in November

Updated 26 May 2018

Saudi security expo to be held in Riyadh in November

JEDDAH: The higher organizing committee of the “Saudi National Security & Risk Prevention Expo,” along with Reed Sunaidi Exhibitions supported by Reed Exhibitions Middle East, organized the first workshop in the Meet-Up series to prepare the program of the expo, which will be held in Riyadh from Nov. 4-6.
Participants at the workshop, which was held in Riyadh last Sunday, included government members from the committee and representatives from international and local industry leaders including Thales, Airbus, Huawei, Microsoft and Booz Allen Hamilton. 
They agreed to create a special committee recommending and proposing topics and initiatives to be developed on the sidelines of the planned exhibition, with a special focus on the impact of digital transformation and artificial intelligence in Hajj safety and security and smart and safe cities.
Major General Abdulrahman Al Husayni, Civil Defense’s assistant director-general for safety, said: “As national security represents a top priority for the Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, represented by the Ministry of Interior, actively looks to attract international companies which are interested in investing in potential future projects and provide innovative security solutions to enhance the security sector. The strong interest exhibited by companies in participating in this important event and discussing future projects is a reflection of these efforts.”
Al-Husayni said that the event will see strong attendance by officials from the Ministry of Interior who will participate in the meetings and workshops taking place alongside the exhibition, in addition to the participation of a number of experts, agencies and investors.


Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

Updated 15 September 2019

Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

  • The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen
  • ‘Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors’

BAGHDAD: Baghdad on Sunday denied any link to drone attacks on Saudi oil plants, after media speculation that the strikes were launched from Iraq despite being claimed by Yemeni rebels.
The attacks early Saturday targeted two key oil installations, causing massive fires and taking out half of the kingdom’s vast oil output.
The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war.
But the Wall Street Journal has reported that officials were investigating the possibility the attacks involved missiles launched from Iraq or Iran.
Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi on Sunday denied reports Iraqi territory “was used for drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.”
“Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors,” he said in a statement.
“The Iraqi government will be extremely firm with whomever tries to violate the constitution.”
Iraq is home to several Iran-backed militias and paramilitary factions, placing it in an awkward situation amid rising tensions between its two main sponsors, Tehran and Washington.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo squarely accused Tehran of being behind Saturday’s operation, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen.
Iraq has called for its territory to be spared any spillover in the standoff between the US and Iran, which has included a series of attacks on shipping in sensitive Gulf waters.
Recent raids on bases belonging to Iraqi Shiite paramilitary groups linked with Iran, attributed to Israel, sparked fears of an escalation.
There have been no military consequences so far, but the strikes have heightened divisions between pro-Tehran and pro-Washington factions in Iraq’s political class.
Baghdad has recently moved to repair ties with Saudi Arabia, a key US ally — much to Iran’s chagrin.
Riyadh recently announced a major border post on the Iraqi frontier would reopen mid-October, after being closed for almost three decades.