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.


Arab coalition says Yemeni prisoner swap ‘positive’ step

Updated 27 September 2020

Arab coalition says Yemeni prisoner swap ‘positive’ step

  • Agreement includes release of 15 Saudi soldiers, 4 Sudanese nationals
  • Red Cross to supervise prisoner exchange process in Yemen

RIYADH: The Arab coalition fighting to restore the legitimate government in Yemen said on Sunday that it views a Yemeni prisoner swap as a “positive agreement.”
Yemen’s warring sides agreed earlier on Sunday to exchange 1,081 detainees and prisoners during the first stage of talks in Switzerland.
The Arab coalition said the prisoner exchange agreement was “purely humanitarian,” and in line with the Stockholm Agreement.
It has almost been two years since an agreement between the Yemeni government and the Iran-backed Houthi militia was signed in Sweden, with the aim of ending the brutal conflict that has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the Houthi militia will release 400 government prisoners while the Yemeni government will free 681 Houthi fighters, including on-the-ground deals for 20 prisoners.
Col. Al-Maliki said the coalition’s top priority is to recover the prisoners as soon as possible, adding that the agreement included the release of 15 Saudi soldiers and four Sudanese nationals.
He also said the Red Cross is expected to supervise the prisoner exchange process in Yemen.
Col. Al-Maliki called on the Houthi militia to not undermine the efforts of the UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, saying there was a real desire to implement all the points of the Stockholm Agreement.