Prince Khalid meets Saudi trainees at BAE Systems’ academy

Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan during his visit to the BAE Systems academy in Samlesbury, Lancashire. (SPA )
Updated 11 October 2019

Prince Khalid meets Saudi trainees at BAE Systems’ academy

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UK Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan visited the BAE Systems academy in Samlesbury, Lancashire on Wednesday.

During his visit, he met with Saudi employees and reviewed the modern techniques used in training for the technical aspects of the defense industry.

He also reviewed the role of the academy in supporting the company’s strategy in favor of the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plans, by transferring technology to the Kingdom and empowering the country’s youth to work with it.

Prince Khalid said the company offers “a comprehensive system to exchange knowledge with Saudi Arabia.”

BAE Systems is one of the world’s largest aerospace, science and technology companies. It has made numerous contributions to the local manufacturing movement in the Kingdom, transferring many industrial engineering tasks to Saudi companies.

Earlier, Prince Khalid visited BAE’s Typhoon and Hawk aircraft factories, as well as its “Factory of the Future,” which develops cutting-edge defense systems 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 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.


King Salman receives International Committee of the Red Cross president

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King Salman receives International Committee of the Red Cross president

  • The ICRC president appreciated the Kingdom’s continued support for humanitarian and relief works in various countries. 

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, called on King Salman at his palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. During the meeting, they reviewed ICRC’s humanitarian and relief efforts.

The ICRC president appreciated the Kingdom’s continued support for humanitarian and relief works in various countries. 

According to official figures, Saudi Arabia spent a total of $92.4 billion to support 84 countries between 1996 and 2019, while the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) implemented 1,057 projects amounting to around $3.553 billion in 44 countries.

KSRelief completed 368 projects in Yemen in partnership with 80 UN bodies and international and local NGOs.

On Tuesday, the king and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent separate cables of of condolence to Emperor of Japan Naruhito following the devastation and deaths caused by a typhoon that struck northern Japan.

The king and the crown prince offered condolences to the Japanese monarch and families of the victims.