Mohammed Al-Ayash, Saudi Arabia’s assistant minister for defense

Updated 02 November 2019

Mohammed Al-Ayash, Saudi Arabia’s assistant minister for defense

Mohammed Al-Ayash has been Saudi Arabia’s assistant minister for defense since May 2014. 

Previously, a royal decree was issued in 2010 appointing him commander-in-chief of the Royal Saudi Air Forces (RSAF) until he retired in 2013.

Al-Ayash joined the RSAF in 1970 and graduated from King Faisal Air Academy as a pilot in 1972. He was appointed as a pilot officer on the F-15 fighter aircraft in the same year.

In 1974, he was made a pilot officer in the 13th Squadron on Lightning Interceptor aircraft. In 1982, he became a pilot officer in the 13th Squadron flying F15s. Al-Ayash attended an instructor pilot and weapons instructor course on Lightning aircraft in the UK in 1978.

In addition, he attended an initial qualification and instructor pilot course on F-15s in the US in 1981, and another course at the Air War College in Alabama at Maxwell Air Force Command in 1994. 

Al-Ayash holds a bachelor’s degree in air science from King Faisal Air Academy, and a master’s degree in military science from Staff College in Riyadh. 

On Wednesday, Al-Ayesh led the Kingdom’s delegation to the 16th GCC Joint Defense Council, comprising defense ministers from the region.

The council was held in Muscat under the chairmanship of Oman’s Minister for Defense Affairs Badr bin Saud bin Hareb Albusaeedi.

The ministers expressed that the defense of the GCC countries is an integral issue and that any attack on any party is considered an attack against the group.


Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

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Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

  • Gulf countries praise Saudi Arabia’s role in brokering the Riyadh Agreement.
  • The deal ends a feud between the government and the STC and refocuses efforts on fighting the Houthi militia

RIYADH: Oman welcomed on Tuesday Saudi Arabia’s efforts in bringing together the Yemeni government and southern separatists to sign a power sharing agreement. 
The two parties signed the Saudi-brokered deal in Riyadh last week to end a power struggle in the country’s south. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hailed the agreement as a step toward a wider political solution to the Yemen conflict.
Oman’s foreign ministry said it “hopes the agreement will pave the way for a comprehensive settlement in Yemen.”
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman, visited Oman on Monday and met Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
The UAE Cabinet also welcomed on Tuesday the signing of the agreement and expressed confidence that it will establish a “new era of unified and effective work to meet the aspirations of the Yemeni people.”
“The Cabinet affirmed the UAE’s support for all efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia, through its leadership of the Arab Coalition, in order to stabilize Yemen and allow it to regain it role in the region,” the state WAM news agency reported.
The new arrangement calls for an equal number of ministries between the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
The Kuwaiti Cabinet also welcomed the Riyadh Agreement on Monday and thanked Saudi Arabia for its efforts.
Yemen’s government was forced to flee the capital Sanaa when Houthi militants and their allies seized the city in 2014. 
The government and the STC are part of a military coalition against the Iran-backed Houthis, which also includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE.