Saudi, Chinese navies conclude military drills

The joint Saudi-Chinese military exercise, code-named Blue Sword 2019, took place at King Faisal Naval Base in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 06 December 2019

Saudi, Chinese navies conclude military drills

  • Commander praised the forces that took part in the exercise for their combat readiness, their professionalism and teamwork during the drill

The Royal Saudi Navy’s Special Forces of the Western Fleet in Jeddah on Thursday concluded a joint military exercise with China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy.

Code-named Blue Sword 2019, the exercise took place at King Faisal Naval Base. It was overseen by Commander of the Special Naval Security Group Rear Adm. Saleh Al-Ghamdi, on behalf of Commander of the Western Fleet Rear Adm. Faleh Al-Faleh, and a number of Chinese military commanders.

Al-Ghamdi praised the forces that took part in the exercise for their combat readiness, their professionalism and teamwork during the drill. 

He also thanked King Salman for the care and support given to the Saudi Armed Forces, and the directives and support of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Col. Abdullah Mohammed Al-Omari, the director of the exercise, earlier said that it is part of the efforts to ensure the Saudi military is fully prepared and ready to face all challenges to maintain security and peace in 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.


Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Updated 17 January 2020

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions

The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report.

“Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia.

 

The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.  

According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.

Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions.