Saudi aviation authority chief receives Dutch envoy to Riyadh

Saudi aviation authority chief receives Dutch envoy to Riyadh
The memorandum of understanding will help boost bilateral cooperation on air transport between the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Updated 25 November 2020

Saudi aviation authority chief receives Dutch envoy to Riyadh

Saudi aviation authority chief receives Dutch envoy to Riyadh

RIYADH: President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri on Tuesday received the Dutch ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Janet Alberda.
During the meeting, a memorandum of understanding was signed to boost bilateral cooperation on air transport.
Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands have a long history of good relations, which can be traced back to the 17th century. They were formalized with the opening of a Dutch consulate in Jeddah, which was eventually upgraded to an embassy and moved to Riyadh in 1985.
Dutch exports to the Kingdom include agricultural products and food, among other items while the main imports from Saudi Arabia are plastic, oil, and petrochemicals.


Saudi TV says missile or drone intercepted over Riyadh

Saudi TV says missile or drone intercepted over Riyadh
Updated 23 January 2021

Saudi TV says missile or drone intercepted over Riyadh

Saudi TV says missile or drone intercepted over Riyadh
  • Social media users posted video of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh
  • The Houthis did not immediately acknowledge launching a missile or a drone toward Riyadh

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over its capital, Riyadh, amid the kingdom’s yearslong war against neighboring Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
Social media users posted video of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh. Saudi state TV quoted authorities in the kingdom acknowledging the interception.
The Houthis did not immediately acknowledge launching a missile or a drone toward Riyadh.
The Houthis have held Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, since September 2014. Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a war against them in March 2015 in support of Yemen’s internationally recognized government.
The war has been mired in a stalemate for years. Riyadh has been targeted in sporadic missile attacks in that time, while the Houthis also have launched missile and drone strikes.
Western experts, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. say Iran has supplied arms, including ballistic missiles to the Houthis. Iran denies that, though devices in the weapons link back to Tehran.