Saudi, US joint military exercise continues

The drill aims to develop and strengthen Saudi-US joint relations. (SPA)
Updated 22 July 2019

Saudi, US joint military exercise continues

  • The troops have been preparing for the arrival of aircraft later this summer

RIYADH: A military exercise based in the Kingdom and conducted by the Saudi Royal Land Forces and the US Army will continue throughout this month.

The exercise is called “Commander 2019” and was launched on July 14 at the main exercise center at the King Khalid Military City in the Northern Borders region.

It aims to develop and strengthen Saudi-US joint relations, and confirms the ability of the two to implement collective joint action to secure stability and security in the region.

The region’s commander, Maj. Gen. Saleh bin Ahmed Al-Zahrani, toured the field of the exercise activities and attended the accompanying symposium, “Unifying Concepts for Managing Airspace.”

Afterwards, he visited various participating units, exercise control and training simulations.

The exercise’s training director, Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Mohsen Al-Sanani, noted that training would largely focus on the integration of artillery brigades in joint operations, including coordinating with drones and air support.

HIGHLIGHT

The exercise is called ‘Commander 2019’ and was launched on July 14 at the main exercise center at the King Khalid Military City in the Northern Borders region.

Recently, King Salman approved the hosting of US armed forces in Saudi Arabia to increase joint cooperation in defense of regional security and stability.

The US Defense Department confirmed the move in a statement, saying it will deploy troops and resources to Saudi Arabia to “provide an additional deterrent” in the face of “emergent, credible threats.”

Senior American defense officials said some US troops and Patriot air defense missile systems have already arrived at Prince Sultan Air Base, south of Riyadh. 

The troops have been preparing for the arrival of aircraft later this summer as well as additional troops.


Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port, covering 500 families. (SPA)
Updated 21 min 24 sec ago

Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

  • So far, 290 tons of aid transported to provide urgent humanitarian needs to people affected by explosion

JEDDAH: Aid continues to flow into the Lebanese capital Beirut, as the fourth Saudi air bridge plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) arrived on Sunday.
Ninety tons of emergency aid was flown in on the flight, including medical materials and equipment, foodstuff and shelter supplies. Medicines, burn treatments, medical solutions, masks, gloves, sterilizers and other surgical materials will be distributed by special teams on the ground.
The plane also carried food baskets that included flour and dates as well as shelter materials such as tents, blankets, mattresses, and utensils.

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So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.
This aid was provided based on an assessment report of the necessary humanitarian needs resulting from the explosion, in coordination with the Saudi Embassy in Beirut, and the KSRelief branch in Lebanon.
This comes as an extension of the efforts made by Saudi Arabia to show solidarity with the Lebanese people and to provide relief to those affected by the disaster.

FASTFACT

So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port on Sunday, covering 500 families.
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Waleed bin Abdullah Bukhari told Arab News that special committees would oversee and review reports on the Lebanese people’s needs.
“Aid will continue to flow into Lebanon after assessing the required needs of the Lebanese people in cooperation with the relevant authorities in Lebanon,” he said.
Countries around the world have come together to help Lebanon in the wake of the explosion on Aug. 4, which devastated large areas of Beirut, damaging and destroying infrastructure, buildings and homes, including all port facilities and the country’s grain storage silos.