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.


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Al-Khamis called on Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan on Monday and the prince congratulated her on her new position, emphasizing the role of Saudi women in government agencies.
She is an assistant professor of inorganic chemistry and supervisor of the chemistry department at the University of Tabuk.
She joined the university in 2010 as a teaching assistant in the science faculty, later becoming a lecturer and then being promoted to associate professor.
She did her doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Howard University in the US in 2018. She obtained her master’s degree from King Saud University in Riyadh and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tabuk.
Al-Khamis is a member of several scientific bodies such as the Supreme Committee of Prince Fahd bin Sultan Award for Scientific Excellence, American Chemical Society, and the Committee for the National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity.
She has presented many research studies during her career, and participated locally and abroad in specialist activities in the science field.