Saudi GACA chief signs air safety agreements at Jordan conference

Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansoori
Updated 08 December 2019

Saudi GACA chief signs air safety agreements at Jordan conference

  • The ICAN conference aims to keep pace with the rapid development of the air transport industry globally

AQABA: General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) President Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansoori signed agreements regulating air services and protecting aviation security with a number of countries in Aqaba, Jordan.

The deals were signed on the sidelines of the 12th International Conference on Air Services Negotiations (ICAN) held from Dec. 2 to Dec. 6.

Al-Mansoori signed two bilateral agreements bringing together the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iceland and Zimbabwe in air transport services. He also signed two memoranda of understanding with Mozambique and Guyana.

The GACA delegation met representatives of participating countries and discussed joint cooperation.

The ICAN conference aims to keep pace with the rapid development of the air transport industry globally, as countries meet to hold negotiations or consultations on a bilateral or multilateral basis. The aim is to provide better services to the air transport community and aid the establishment of links between systems regulators, air operators and related service providers.


Saudi foreign minister calls for ‘transparent and independent’ Beirut explosion investigation

Updated 16 min 48 sec ago

Saudi foreign minister calls for ‘transparent and independent’ Beirut explosion investigation

  • Prince Faisal bin Farhan told an emergency donors conference that Saudi Arabia stands with Lebanon
  • Minister condemns 'destructive hegemony' of Hezbollah, which has history of storing explosive materials among civilians

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia called for a transparent and independent investigation into the Beirut explosion, the Kingdom’s foreign minister said on Sunday.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan told an emergency donors conference that Saudi Arabia stands with Lebanon. He described the explosion that killed more than 150 people as “horrific.”

Prince Faisal said strong state institutions that work for the interests of the Lebanese people are vital to the reform required to guarantee Lebanon's political and economic future.
“The continued destructive hegemony of the terrorist organization Hezbollah worries us all, and we all know this organization’s history of using explosive materials and storing them among civilians in several Arab and European countries and in north and south America.”
“Lebanon is in dire need of comprehensive and urgent political and economic reform to ensure that this terrible disaster will not occur again,” he said.

He added that four planes carrying Saudi aid have arrived in Beirut.
The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has provided 290 tons of medical equipment, food supplies and housing materials.

The conference was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.