Iran to face ‘very, very strong reaction’ if it closes Strait of Hormuz: Al-Jubeir

Al-Jubeir was meeting with Arab and international media outlets. (SPA)
Updated 22 June 2019
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Iran to face ‘very, very strong reaction’ if it closes Strait of Hormuz: Al-Jubeir

  • Al-Jubeir affirmed that the Kingdom was consulting with allies to secure water corridors and was exploring several options

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir has said that if Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz there will be a “very, very strong reaction.”

In a press meeting with Arab and international media outlets on the sidelines of his official visit to London, Al-Jubeir said that “calm is required in the region, but we cannot reach that end as Iran’s hostile behavior has inflicted a great deal of harm.”

He stressed that the Kingdom did not want a war with Iran but that the international community was determined to confront aggressive Iranian behavior.

Al-Jubeir affirmed that the Kingdom was consulting with allies to secure water corridors and was exploring several options. He said that there was sufficient evidence to blame Iran over the recent attacks on oil tankers.

Iranian hostilities on maritime navigation affected the world, he said. The attacks on four oil tankers off UAE’s Fujairah port and two tankers in the Gulf of Oman were acts of sabotage which Iran was accused of being involved in. He called on Iran to change its hostile behavior, stop supporting terrorism and return to being a normal state.

Al-Jubeir said that it was absurd to imagine that any party was trying to drag major powers into a war with Iran.

On a judgment issued by the UK Supreme Court to review the licenses to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, Al-Jubeir explained that the British ruling on arms sales is procedural and an internal matter.


Saudi ambassador to UK visits BAE Systems HQ

Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UK, toured BAE Systems’ academy and aircraft factories. (SPA)
Updated 16 min 46 sec ago

Saudi ambassador to UK visits BAE Systems HQ

  • BAE Systems is one of the world’s largest aerospace, science and technology companies

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the UK Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan visited the headquarters of BAE Systems in the north of England on Thursday.
Prince Khalid was received by the company’s chairman, Sir Roger Martyn Carr, its CEO in Britain, Charles Woodburn, and Andy Carr, the managing director and CEO of BAE Systems in the Kingdom.
The ambassador toured the company’s academy, where he met with Saudi trainees and employees of BAE Systems in the UK.
He praised their roles in the technology transfer and settlement programs, which are part of the company’s support for Saudi Vision 2030.
Prince Khalid said the company offers “a comprehensive system to transfer technology and knowledge to Saudi Arabia,” and to qualify Saudi youth to work with that technology and knowledge locally.
These efforts have resulted in the successful assembly of the first training jet aircraft in Saudi Arabia, which was launched earlier this year by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy prime minister and minister of defense.
Prince Khalid also visited BAE’s Typhoon and Hawk aircraft factories, as well as its “Factory of the Future,” which develops cutting-edge defense system technology.
Prince Khalid was briefed on the company’s plans and strategies in Saudi Arabia, where BAE has a long-standing partnership of more than 50 years with the Saudi Armed Forces.
BAE Systems is one of the world’s largest aerospace, science and technology companies.

BACKGROUND

• BAE Systems is one of the world’s largest aerospace, science and technology companies in the UK.

• It has made numerous contributions to the local manufacturing movement in the Kingdom, transferring many industrial engineering tasks to Saudi companies.

It has made numerous contributions to the local manufacturing movement in the Kingdom, transferring many industrial engineering tasks to Saudi companies.
BAE is also keen to encourage activities of interest to the community, including supporting social responsibility programs as part of its business system and not as charity works carried out by courtesy.
One example is the company’s partnership with a number of Saudi universities, with the aim of enabling students to meet the changing requirements of the labor market within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030.
Prince Khalid was accompanied by Saudi Military Attaché Air Commander Riyadh Abu Abaya; BAE’s director of engineering Ian Muldowney; the vice president for strategic planning for military and government affairs, Abdulaziz Al-Faraj; and director of human resources at BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia, Maaber Al-Awaji.