Joint Saudi-Tunisian air drills conclude at Bizerte airbase 

The exercises, which began on Monday, are part of the annual Ministry of Defense training plans for the Saudi armed forces. (SPA)
Updated 11 October 2018

Joint Saudi-Tunisian air drills conclude at Bizerte airbase 

JEDDAH: The first joint exercises between Saudi-Tunisian air forces concluded on Wednesday.

The Commander of the Saudi Royal Air Force, Lt Gen. Prince Turki bin Bandar, has patronized the conclusion of the joint exercises at Sidi Ahmed Air Base in Bizerte.

The closing ceremony included joint air-to-air combat aircraft from both sides, which carried out a number of air-military formations.

The Saudi commander delivered a speech during which he conveyed greetings extended from Saudi King Salman, Commander-in-Chief of all military forces and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. 

Earlier, the Tunisian government announced that its air forces have held the training "to increase the combat readiness of pilots and exchange experiences in the fields of logistics and technical support."

The exercises, which began on Monday, are part of the annual Ministry of Defense training plans for the Saudi armed forces. 


Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460.

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
 
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.