Saudi Arabia, China conduct drill to improve combat readiness

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The exercise targets building mutual trust, enhancing cooperation between the Saudi Royal Navy and the Chinese PLA Navy. (SPA)
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The exercise targets building mutual trust, enhancing cooperation between the Saudi Royal Navy and the Chinese PLA Navy. (SPA)
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The exercise targets building mutual trust, enhancing cooperation between the Saudi Royal Navy and the Chinese PLA Navy. (SPA)
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The exercise targets building mutual trust, enhancing cooperation between the Saudi Royal Navy and the Chinese PLA Navy. (SPA)
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The exercise targets building mutual trust, enhancing cooperation between the Saudi Royal Navy and the Chinese PLA Navy. (SPA)
Updated 17 November 2019

Saudi Arabia, China conduct drill to improve combat readiness

  • The exercise targets building mutual trust, enhancing cooperation between the Saudi Royal Navy and the Chinese PLA Navy, exchanging experiences, developing the capacity of participants to combat maritime terrorism and piracy

JEDDAH: The Royal Saudi Naval Forces, represented by the Special Forces of the Western Fleet, carried out the mixed naval exercise Blue Sword 2019 with its Chinese counterpart, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy, in Jeddah on Sunday.
The exercise, which took place at King Faisal Naval Base, was attended by the commander of the Western Fleet, Vice Admiral Faleh bin Abdulrahman Al-Faleh, and the Chinese military attache to the Kingdom, Senior Col. Lin Li.
Navy Col. Abdullah Mohammed Al-Omari, director of the exercise, said that this joint exercise is within the framework of seeking to face all challenges, emphasize the many objectives aimed at achieving complete readiness, and maintain the security and peace of the region and the world.
“The exercise targets building mutual trust, enhancing cooperation between the Saudi Royal Navy and the Chinese PLA Navy, exchanging experiences, developing the capacity of participants to combat maritime terrorism and piracy, and improving training and combat readiness,” he added.
Lt. Col. Tarek bin Salem Al-Salem, adjutant of the exercise’s operations, presented a visual briefing on the activities, fields, title and phases of the exercise.
Al-Faleh then announced the launch of the joint naval exercise, Blue Sword 2019, which runs for three weeks. 


Saudi female lawyers praise Justice Ministry’s efforts to empower women

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Saudi female lawyers praise Justice Ministry’s efforts to empower women

  • Compared to the previous status of women at the Justice Ministry, Al-Daknan said this latest step was a significant achievement

JEDDAH: Several Saudi female lawyers have praised the Justice Ministry’s decision to appoint 100 female notaries as a step forward for women’s legal empowerment.
“We appreciate Justice Minister Walid Al-Samani’s … rapid steps toward empowering women to work in all available jobs, considering them viable components of society, particularly in the justice sector,” lawyer Njnood Qasim told Arab News.
She added: “We hope that it will be the beginning of an important and most anticipated step, which is the appointment of a Saudi woman as a judge.”
Qasim noted that many qualified women have been recruited by the Justice Ministry for the first time in history to work in the fields of law, Shariah, sociology, administration and technology.
Lawyer Rana Al-Daknan, meanwhile, said she thought women could fill any role in society. “An ambassador, an undersecretary, a minister, but I think no woman should be a minister before women become judges,” she told Arab News.
Compared to the previous status of women at the Justice Ministry, Al-Daknan said this latest step was a significant achievement, but added: “Of course we are looking for more, though that does not mean we should not appreciate this step.”

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The newly appointed female notaries will officially start their work next Sunday with a specialized training program lasting three months.

Al-Daknan explained that women first began obtaining notary licenses in 2018, and the services they offer include documentation, transferring property, authorizing powers of attorney submissions and other services.
“The next step for women is working with conciliation committees, which is known in other countries as being a magistrate. Thankfully it is possible now for both men and women to obtain conciliation licenses, where they will assume the role of the judge,” Al-Daknan said. “I personally have applied and (am) in the process to obtain this license.”
Another lawyer, Abrar Shaket, told Arab News that this move was the natural result of the Kingdom’s steps to empower its female citizens under King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.