Saudi, Pakistani forces conduct major military exercise

The operation is called Samsam 7. (SPA)
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Updated 14 February 2020

Saudi, Pakistani forces conduct major military exercise

  • The RSLF is keen to ensure these exercises continue in order to raise combat readiness for ground force

HAFR AL-BATIN: The “Samsam 7” military exercise between the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) and Pakistan Army special forces kicked off on Thursday in Hafr Al-Batin in the presence of Maj. Gen. Saleh Al-Zahrani, commander of the Northern region, and a number of top-ranking officers in the Saudi and Pakistani armies.

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Qarni, commander of the training, said: “The exercise come as a part of the preparations to develop and raise the level of competence of military forces.”

Brig. Gen. Munawer bin Mohammed Al-Harbi, representative of the department of training and military doctrines at the RSLF, stressed that this exercise comes in line with reinforcing military cooperation between the two countries.

He added that the RSLF is keen to ensure these exercises continue in order to raise combat readiness for ground forces.

A Pakistani officer participating in the exercise said that his country’s participation comes as an expression of friendly relations that bound the Kingdom to Pakistan. He expressed his gratitude to the Saudis for providing the equipment necessary for the success of the exercise.

Al-Zahrani gave the signal to start the exercise and raise the flags of the participating countries.

He said that this was the seventh version of the exercise with the Pakistani Army.

King Salman meets Mauritanian president

Updated 27 February 2020

King Salman meets Mauritanian president

RIYADH: King Salman received Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani in Riyadh on Wednesday.

They discussed ways to develop and strengthen bilateral relations, especially in the economic and investment fields, as well as the latest regional developments. Later, the king hosted a luncheon in honor of the president and his accompanying delegation.

The king and Ghazouani also witnessed the signing ceremony of four agreements and memoranda of understanding between the two countries. They include cultural cooperation, civil service, and vocational and technical training.

On the Saudi side, the ceremony was attended by State Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdul Aziz, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan, among other officials. Mauritanian officials also attended.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Mauritania in December 2018, bolstering relations and renewing support for the country’s development efforts.

He expressed his “great satisfaction at the depth of the fraternal relations between the two brotherly peoples.”

Also on Wednesday, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune arrived in Riyadh. At King Khalid International Airport, he was received by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar and a number of officials.