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.


Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port, covering 500 families. (SPA)
Updated 10 August 2020

Saudi bridge continues to aid stricken in Lebanon

  • So far, 290 tons of aid transported to provide urgent humanitarian needs to people affected by explosion

JEDDAH: Aid continues to flow into the Lebanese capital Beirut, as the fourth Saudi air bridge plane operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) arrived on Sunday.
Ninety tons of emergency aid was flown in on the flight, including medical materials and equipment, foodstuff and shelter supplies. Medicines, burn treatments, medical solutions, masks, gloves, sterilizers and other surgical materials will be distributed by special teams on the ground.
The plane also carried food baskets that included flour and dates as well as shelter materials such as tents, blankets, mattresses, and utensils.
So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.
This aid was provided based on an assessment report of the necessary humanitarian needs resulting from the explosion, in coordination with the Saudi Embassy in Beirut, and the KSRelief branch in Lebanon.
This comes as an extension of the efforts made by Saudi Arabia to show solidarity with the Lebanese people and to provide relief to those affected by the disaster.

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So far, 290 tons of aid has been transported from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon as per the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut.

KSRelief provided urgent food supplies to affected people living in the areas adjacent to the port on Sunday, covering 500 families.
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Waleed bin Abdullah Bukhari told Arab News that special committees would oversee and review reports on the Lebanese people’s needs.
“Aid will continue to flow into Lebanon after assessing the required needs of the Lebanese people in cooperation with the relevant authorities in Lebanon,” he said.
Countries around the world have come together to help Lebanon in the wake of the explosion on Aug. 4, which devastated large areas of Beirut, damaging and destroying infrastructure, buildings and homes, including all port facilities and the country’s grain storage silos.