Saudi foreign minister and GCC secretary-general sign military agreement

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Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs and GCC Secretary-General sign the Unified Military Command Headquarters agreement on Dec.22, 2019. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs and GCC Secretary-General sign the Unified Military Command Headquarters agreement on Dec.22, 2019. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs and GCC Secretary-General sign the Unified Military Command Headquarters agreement on Dec.22, 2019. (SPA)
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Updated 23 December 2019

Saudi foreign minister and GCC secretary-general sign military agreement

  • The Saudi foreign minister said the agreement reflected the Kingdom’s support for joint Gulf work to facilitate the tasks of the unified military command
  • It was signed on the basis of the resolution taken at the GCC’s 34th summit in Kuwait in 2013

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah and the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani signed the Unified Military Command Headquarters agreement on Sunday.
The agreement was signed in the presence of the commander of the GCC Unified Military Command, Gen. Eid bin Awad Al-Shalawi, and the secretary-general for Military Affairs, Gen. Ahmed Ali Hamid Al-Ali.

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It was signed on the basis of the resolution taken at the GCC’s 34th summit in Kuwait in 2013, stipulating the establishment of a unified military command in line with the decisions of GCC officials at the 12th summit, held in Bahrain in 2013, aiming to promote cooperation and coordination in security and defense-related matters, preserve stability in GCC countries and achieve self-defense based on the principle of collective security.
The Saudi foreign minister said the agreement reflected the Kingdom’s support for joint Gulf work to facilitate the tasks of the unified military command, adding King Salman had made sure to complete the command’s requirements.  
Al-Zayani expressed his secretariat’s appreciation for the support of King Salman’s government, and also praised the support and care provided by GCC countries and the GCC Joint Defense Council, noting their important role in promoting defense cooperation and integration among member states.


Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

Updated 05 July 2020

Preserving heritage means securing the future, says Princess Haifa

  • Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture

PARIS: Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al-Muqrin, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to UNESCO, said that changes can only be faced with global efforts to achieve the common goals of promoting peace, building cultural bridges between nations, and empowering societies to guarantee a better future.

Saudi Arabia recently participated in the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Council at the agency’s Paris headquarters. The Kingdom was represented at the session by Princess Haifa and a team of 26 Saudi experts from different sectors that have activities related to the scope of UNESCO’s work, such as education, culture, energy, environment, and training.

Princess Haifa said: “Despite our different cultures and languages, we share our belief that education is a right for everyone, that preserving heritage means securing the future, and that innovation and science are the bridge that will pull us out of this pandemic the world today is living.”

She said that the Kingdom supported African countries and was ready to share its experiences in various UNESCO fields, in addition to supporting action plans related to developing islands as one of its priorities in exchanging experiences, especially since the Kingdom is one of the most advanced countries in the world in the field of water desalination.

Reference was made to the Kingdom’s support for international growth and stability through the G20 presidency, specifically with regard to ensuring the continuity of education in crises, the continuation of efforts to achieve climate adaptation worldwide, and solidarity with the members of the G20 in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a member state of the UNESCO Executive Council, Saudi Arabia is at the 209th session to discuss international issues related to the fields of education, science and culture. These will be evaluated and decided upon, and the executive decisions assigned to them will be voted on, in cooperation with the council’s member states.

The Kingdom’s participation in the meetings of the UNESCO Executive Council also comes as part of its permanent presence in the international cultural and educational organization since its foundation in 1946.