Three summit will be held in occasion of Trump visit. The first meeting will be useful to reinforce the cooperation between King Salman and US President Trump, who are going to discuss about the main points of their historical ties. The second one will be between Trump and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which also will coincide with the half-yearly meeting of the organization. The third meeting will be between Trump and the heads of Islamic and Arab countries, which are member of Islamic Alliance to combat terrorism. At those meetings it will be expected the participation of El-Sisi, Egyptian President, but also Sharif, Pakistan Prime Minister.
In a statement Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabbeah, head of King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid, said the Kingdom is among the top 10 countries in the worls for the volume and the value of aid provided. He also added that the center developed partnerships with international agencies to help Yemen, Djibouti and Ethiopia; in particular in Yemen it provided relief assistance worth $584.4 million. Moreover the center has started on working on two more projects: one to tackle malnutrition among children and pregnant women and another one to provide water supplies in 15 Yemeni governorates. The total number of projects directed at Yemeni citizens has reached 123 and between them 44 are food, security and shelter projects, while 16 are related to education, family protection and early recovery programs.
The Saudi Royal Navy special units have been trained in different conditions and climates, such as mountainous terrain and deep in the valleys, cold winter months and hot summer, to fully prepared soldiers and officers. These kind of training develop extensive skills to carry out military operations with high precision. Moreover the Commander of the College of Command and Staff at the Saudi Armed Forces Al-Dhahri said the units currently operating with the coalition forces to support the legitimacy in Yemen are among the most trained combat units. These special navy units have advanced boats and special equipment and unmanned aerial vehicles and the members undergo intese training programs inside and outside the Kingdom and are involved in joint annual exercises with forces from allied countries. Just last week it was carried out an operation in which naval mines were identified and deactivated in the see of Yemen.
During the opening of an international conference organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) in Makkha on Sunday, King Salman’s stressed that the Kingdom is an example of protection of human rights, freedom, welfare and comprehensive development for community. He also added that all this will be done in accordance of the islamic values and with the goal of mantaining security. Moreover Prince Khalid, who delivered in an address the King’s words, added that freedom of expression is an integral part of the overall freedoms and that it is granted in Islam, but it should not involve attacks on religion, its rituals or holy places. Prince Khalid also said media should be responsible of spreading spiritual values and humanity and that freedom is one of the most important human values.
Energy and trade will for sure occupy an important role in the meeting between Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Chinese President Xi Jinping, but various other fields will be key in their talks, such as defense and security. Certainly energy cooperation is the foundation of relations between the two countries, Saudi Arabia is the world’s top exporter of crude oil and China is the world’s biggest importer, but China also offers important economic advantages to Saudi Arabia’s downstream and petrochemicals sectors, as the Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (BASIC) already holds a stake in a polycarbonate complex in Tianjin with China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation and Saudi Aramco holds a stake in the Fujian Refining & Petrochemical Company. Concerning the trade the visit was important to attract more Chinese investment to the Kingdom and the use of Chinese expertise to contribute to the diversification of the Saudi economy away from oil, due to China’s rapid economic development over the past three decades. Moreover also in the field of strategic relations, China is a key country and is a source of political support in the path of saudi selective economic reforms. Also counterterrorism is an emerging area of cooperation between the two countries, that includes a five-year plan for security cooperation including counterterrorism cooperation and joint military drills, and there is also a potential for chinese companies to win more Saudi defense procurement over the next decade and receive technology transfer.
After the meeting with US President Donald Trump, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince bin Salman hailed US President as a “true friends of Muslims” and affirmed he does not believe that Trump’s ban targets Islam specifically also because as senior adviser to Prince Mohammed said “Trump has an unprecedent and serious intention to work with the Muslim world”. Moreover this meeting marked a difference from Riyadh’s relationship with the Obama administration. In fine the White House has announced that the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and President Trump have discussed potential economic projects worth $200 billion.
As loyalist forces of President Hadi advanced into neighborhood of Mokha 32 combats were killed on Wednesday in a battle for a key coastal town in western Yemen. 24 Houthis were killed and 12 of that were taken to an hospital in Mokha, while 12 others were militias and were buried after they were found by advancing troops. Between the soldiers 8 were killed and more than 400 combatants have been killed since the government forces launched their offensive in the Red Sea coastline. So 32 combats is just the bill of today.
A Saudi national was sentenced for 7 years in prison by the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh for supporting Daesh and communicating with an official of the terrorist organization via WhatsApp. The man confessed he wanted to join Daesh and do a terrorist operation against Alawites. He also informed people of how to enter Syria via Turkey and used social networks to communicate with the organization. For that reasons he was condemned to 7 years in prison, his mobile phone was seized by the court and his account on the social media application was closed.