King Khalid University signs over 40 deals to boost research

The center is the main representative of KKU in the management and implementation of research, consultancy and services. (SPA)
Updated 24 December 2018

King Khalid University signs over 40 deals to boost research

  • The center is the main representative of KKU in the management and implementation of research, consultancy and services provided to external sectors

JEDDAH: The Research and Advisory Center at King Khalid University (KKU) is making all efforts to boost its research activities in all spheres of life to achieve the Kingdom’s development goals.
Since its inception in 2017, it has signed over 40 cooperation agreements with entities from various sectors in Asir and other provinces.
The head of the center, Dr. Hasan Ahmed Al-Tale’, said the research facility has signed agreements with military, security and government sector entities as well as private bodies and charities.
He said the university wants to utilize all resources at its and its partners’ disposal to boost the development process currently underway in the Kingdom and to achieve the goals set by the country’s leadership in Vision 2030.
Al-Tale’ said the areas of cooperation include organizing scientific programs, activities and events and contributing to improving these sectors through joint development programs, research and studies.
The center is the main representative of KKU in the management and implementation of research, consultancy and services provided to external sectors through documented legal contracts, in addition to acting as the body responsible for partnering with the public and private sector institutions.


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.