Saudi Arabia awards SR4.3 billion worth of road maintenance contracts

Transport Minister Nabeel Al-Amoudi, center, signs maintenance contracts for roads throughout the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 13 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia awards SR4.3 billion worth of road maintenance contracts

Transport Minister Nabeel Al-Amoudi on Wednesday sponsored a signing ceremony in Riyadh of operation, maintenance and cleaning contracts for roads throughout the Kingdom for the period 2019-2022.

The 110 contracts “cater to the needs of each region,” he said. Worth more than SR4.3 billion ($1.15 billion), they were awarded to various Saudi companies, and are intended to promote road safety and maintenance, he added.

The ministry’s undersecretary for road operation and maintenance, Tarek Al-Shami, briefed attendees on the contracts. The ministry has developed and upgraded contracts, and established performance indicators to meet the Saudi leadership’s expectations, he said.

Various ministries and government bodies have supported the Transport Ministry in achieving its goals, he added.

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi, head of the National Road Safety Center, highlighted its efforts to raise road safety and traffic awareness so as to avoid accidents.


Pompeo meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for talks on Aramco attacks

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Pompeo meets with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for talks on Aramco attacks

  • Pompeo described the drone and cruise missile strikes on Saturday as an 'Iranian attack'
  • Pompeo was met at Jeddah airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf. 

JEDDAH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday described strikes on key Saudi oil installations as an “act of war” as he landed in Jeddah to meet with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Pompeo described the drone and cruise missile strikes on Saturday as an “Iranian attack”.

He said it had not come from Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militants and that there was no evidence the attacks had been launched from Iraq.

"This is an attack of a scale we've just not seen before," he added.

Pompeo was met at Jeddah airport by Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf.

Pompeo's visit comes as President Donald Trump said on Wednesday there were many options short of war with Iran after Saudi Arabia's display of remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in the I that was "unquestionably sponsored" by Tehran.

"There are many options. There's the ultimate option and there are options that are a lot less than that. And we'll see," Trump told reporters in Los Angeles. "I'm saying the ultimate option meaning go in — war."

Trump, who earlier said on Twitter that he had ordered the US Treasury to "substantially increase" sanctions on Iran, told reporters the unspecified, punitive economic measures would be unveiled within 48 hours.

Trump's tweet followed repeated US assertions that the Islamic Republic was behind Saturday's attack on Aramco facilities and came hours after Saudi Arabia said the strike was a "test of global will."

Earlier on Wednesday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had spoken with US President Donald Trump about the Aramco attack, and agreed that Iran must not be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon.

Also on Wednesday, Kuwait's army released a statement announcing it was raising its preparedness level for some units, given the tensions in the Middle East region.