Saudi Arabia set to welcome more US troops

US Marine Corps General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. (C-L), Commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM), shakes hands with Saudi military officers during his visit to a military base in al-Kharj in central Saudi Arabia. (File/AFP)
Updated 13 October 2019

Saudi Arabia set to welcome more US troops

  • The move shows the mutual desire of Saudi Arabia and US to protect regional peace
  • The pentagon approved the deployment of 3,000 additional troops and military hardware

Dubai: Saudi Arabia will welcome additional US troops and weapons, state news agency SPA reported on Saturday.

The decision was made by King Salman and the Crown Prince, a source added.

It signifies the cooperation between the Kingdom and the US to protect regional peace and deter any effort to disturb the stability of the region.

The move also reinforces the historic relationship and strategic alliance between the two states.

The Pentagon earlier approved the deployment of 3,000 additional troops and military hardware to the Kingdom, boosting the country’s defenses in the aftermath of attacks on its oil installations.

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has authorized the deployment of two more Patriot missile batteries, one THAAD ballistic missile interception system, two fighter squadrons and one air expeditionary wing, the Pentagon said in a statement.


Saudi Arabian delegation holds UNESCO reception in Paris

Updated 23 min 37 sec ago

Saudi Arabian delegation holds UNESCO reception in Paris

  • Session attended by permanent delegates of UNESCO member states
  • Hosted by Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh

PARIS: The permanent Saudi delegation to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held a reception to mark the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in Paris, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.
The session was held in the presence of the Saudi education minister and deputy chairman of the National Committee for UNESCO, Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh.
The session was attended by the permanent delegates of UNESCO member states and senior officials from the organization.
“Today, we see the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 objectives coincide with UNESCO’s mission through the Kingdom’s keenness to support educational, cultural and scientific projects around the world because of its regional and international status, and its roles in strengthening relations between Arab and Islamic countries and the global agenda for sustainable development in the organization’s educational, cultural and scientific fields, Al-Asheikh said in his speech.
He affirmed the Kingdom’s continued cooperation with UNESCO member states in the fields of education, culture and science, and its continued support for the organization’s programs.
He said the Kingdom is one of the founding members of UNESCO, and the sixth country to sign the organization’s charter, on Nov. 4, 1946, upon the directives of the late King Abdul Aziz.