Saudi Arabia offers ‘full support’ to Cyprus amid Eastern Mediterranean tensions

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman meets Cypriot Foreign Minister, Nikos Christodoulides, in Riyadh during his official visit to the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, meets his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides in Riyadh, during his official visit to the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, meets his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides in Riyadh, during his official visit to the Kingdom. (SPA)
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Updated 19 January 2020

Saudi Arabia offers ‘full support’ to Cyprus amid Eastern Mediterranean tensions

  • King Salman met Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides
  • ‘The Kingdom is following with great interest the current developments in the Eastern Mediterranean’

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received on Sunday the Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides.
They discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing and developing them. They also reviewed regional and international issues of common concern.
Christodoulides also met with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, in his office at the foreign ministry in Riyadh.
Prince Faisal stressed the depth of relations between the two countries, and the keenness to develop them in several fields to serve the common interests.
“The Kingdom is following with great interest the current developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region, is showing its concern for security and stability there, and stresses its full support for the sovereignty of Cyprus over its territories.”
He said Saudi Arabia “calls on all parties to abide by and adhere to Security Council resolutions to resolve disputes, to avoid escalation, to respect the rules of international law and not to interfere in the internal affairs of states or attempts to impose the status quo by force, as that does not serve international peace, security and stability in this region.”
Cyprus has been angered by Turkey’s bid to drill for natural gas amid heightened tensions over energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.
On Sunday, Cyprus accused Turkey of flouting international law as in sent ships to drill inside an exploration area that’s already licensed to energy companies Eni of Italy and Total of France.


Saudi assistant defense minister dies aged 68

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Saudi assistant defense minister dies aged 68

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s assistant minister of defense, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh, died on Friday, aged 68.

In a statement, the Ministry of Defense said he had been suffering from an illness.

Al-Ayesh had been appointed to the position in May 2014 having previously been commander-in-chief of the Royal Saudi Air Forces (RSAF) between 2010 and 2013.

Born in 1952 and from Jouf, he joined the RSAF in 1970 and graduated from King Faisal Air Academy as a pilot in 1972, becoming a pilot officer on F-15 fighter jets in the same year.

In 1974, he was appointed pilot officer in the 13th Squadron on Lightning interceptor aircraft and in 1982 maintained the title in the same squadron flying F-15s. Al-Ayesh attended an instructor pilot and weapons instructor course on Lightning aircraft in the UK in 1978.

He also served as the director of the RSAF Command’s plans and operations department, the commander of King Khalid Air Base, chief of RSAF operations, and deputy commander of the RSAF.

During his career, Al-Ayesh received several military medals including the King Abdul Aziz Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Legion of Merit from France, the First-Class Military Medal for Respect, and a Bronze Star from the US.