Saudi deputy defense minister meets ruler of Oman

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Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met with Sultan Qaboos bin Said on Monday. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman arrives in Oman’s capital Muscat on Monday to hold talks with Omani officials. (SPA)
Updated 12 November 2019

Saudi deputy defense minister meets ruler of Oman

MUSCAT: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman who is in Oman on an official visit met Sultan Qaboos bin Said on Monday. He conveyed King Salman’s greetings to Sultan Qaboos.  

Earlier, on his arrival in Muscat, the Saudi deputy defense minister was received by Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Hareb Al-Busaidi, minister responsible for defense affairs in the Sultanate of Oman, Chief of Staff of the Sultan’s Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Ahmed bin Harith Al-Nabhani and other officials. Prince Khalid will meet top officials and discuss bilateral ties. They will review issues of common concern and matters related to the security and stability of the region.


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Updated 12 August 2020

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.