Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khalid bin Salman meets Pakistani PM Imran Khan

02/03/20

Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met with Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan on Monday during a visit to the country. (Twitter: @kbsalsaud)
  • Prince also met with the Pakistan Army’s Chief of Staff

ISALAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met with Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan on Monday during a visit to the country.

The prince also met with the Pakistan Army’s Chief of Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa during his visit.

Prince Khalid tweeted that he conveyed a message from the Kingdom’s leadership to Pakistan and said that his visit was an “extension of the brotherly relations between the two countries and two brotherly peoples.”

He also said the strengthening of strategic cooperation and Pakistan’s pioneering role in the Islamic world and the region were discussed.

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Prince Khalid bin Salman meets top US military commander in Middle East

Time: 29 January, 2020

Prince Khalid and Gen. Kenneth McKenzie meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met with America’s top military commander in the Middle East on Tuesday.

Prince Khalid and Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, discussed cooperation between the two countries “particularly in the defense field, and the importance of strengthening security and military cooperation,” Saudi Press Agency reported.

They also discussed the latest developments in the region and the “joint efforts made towards them to serves international peace and security.”

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Saudi Vision 2030 looks to the future but Iran’s ‘vision 1979’ is regressive: Prince Khalid

25/01/20

  • Deputy Minister of Defense said that Iran wants to export its revolution and has “an expansionist ideology”
  • In an interview with Vice Media, he said the country was the biggest threat to the region

JEDDAH: As the leadership of Saudi Arabia works, through its ambitious Vision 2030 project, to move the country and its people forward, Iran continues to follow its “vision 1979” in an attempt to push the region backward, according to Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman.
Speaking during an interview with Vice Media, he said: “We have…this great vision, Vision 2030, where we want to reform our economy, to basically uncap the potential in Saudi Arabia, to open new sectors in Saudi Arabia, and to have a prosperous country, and to move our citizens forward.
“To be able to do that, we need a stable, secure region, a prosperous region. We need to increase our economic cooperation with neighboring countries.”
Turning to the dangers the region is facing, the minister said: “I believe the biggest threats to the region, and to international security, is basically Iran: the Iranian regime and its proxies on one side, and Daesh, Al-Qaeda and terrorist organizations on the other side.
“We believe that they’re two sides of the same coin. They believe in the same concept; not necessarily exactly the same ideology, but they both do not believe in the sovereignty of nations, they both believe in a transnational ideological state, they both do not believe in international law, and sometimes they compete with each other and they fight each other. But when it comes to us, we’re the common enemy and they cooperate.”

Asked why the Kingdom is viewed as the common enemy, Prince Khalid said it is because “we are a force of stability, a force of peace, a force of prosperity in the region.”
He added that Iran wants to export its revolution: “Iran has an expansionist ideology. Iran wants other states in the region not to be partners, but to be under the Iranian expansionist project.”
Prince Khalid highlighted US President Donald Trump’s visit to the Kingdom in 2017, his first official foreign trip after taking office, as a significant moment not only for the Saudi Arabia but the entire Muslim World.
“The Saudi-US relationship is strong and it has been strong for seven decades,” he said. “This relationship started with President Roosevelt, who was a Democrat, and has been strengthening since then with different presidents of the United States, Democrats and Republicans.”
He pointed out that this close relationship has benefited both countries economically.
“So this is a continuation of this historic, strong relationship that has protected people from both countries on the security side, and also it has on the economic side created a lot of jobs and opportunities in both countries and helped the economy,” he said. “President Trump’s visit is an important visit to the Muslim world, and I believe that it is vital for the United States to have a strong relationship with Saudi Arabia and the Muslim world.”
The prince added that the speech Trump made during his visit highlighted the fact that the most common victims of terrorist groups are Muslims.
“I think the president’s speech on that visit was very encouraging to Muslim people to see,” he said. “He spoke about counterterrorism and he said that Daesh and the terrorist groups’ victims are mostly Muslims. And it’s very important for the Muslim people to hear the President of the United States mentioning this.”

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Prince Khalid bin Salman attends Egypt’s Berenice military base opening

Time: 17 January, 2020

Prince Khalid bin Salman said the Berenice military base is a major axis to confront threats in the Red Sea and secure global navigation. (Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defense)
  • Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed the importance of the military base and Egypt’s developing military systems

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman headed the Kingdom’s delegation in the opening ceremony of Egypt’s Berenice military base located south of Red Sea, Saudi local press reported on Thursday.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi inaugurated the military base and was accompanied by Prince Khalid bin Salman, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, Commander of the Royal Guard in Bahrain Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov, and a number of ministers and senior leaders of the armed forces.

Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed the importance of the military base and Egypt’s developing military systems, saying it is a major axis to confront threats in the Red Sea and secure global navigation.

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Khalid bin Salman: Saudi Arabia will do everything in its power to spare Iraq from conflict

Time: 09 January, 2020

Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman arrives for a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Department of State in Washington on Monday. (AP)
  • Prince Khalid this week met Donald Trump and other senior US officials to discuss Middle East stability
  • Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan said Iraq could not become a battleground

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and its leadership will always stand with Iraq and its people, Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman said Wednesday.

The prince said the Kingdom would “do everything in its power to spare Iraq from the danger of war and conflict between external parties, and for its people to live in prosperity after what they have endured in the past.”

Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان
@kbsalsaud

تقف المملكة وقيادتها دوماً مع العراق الشقيق ومع شعبه العزيز، وستبذل مافي وسعها لتجنيبه خطر الحرب والصراع بين أطراف خارجية، وأن يحيا شعبه الكريم في رخاء بعد ما عاناه من ويلات في الماضي.

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Prince Khalid this week met Donald Trump and other senior US officials in Washington to discuss Middle East stability amid the threat of an escalating conflict between America and Iran. On Tuesday, he met in London with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.

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@realDonaldTrump

Had a very good meeting with @kbsalsaud of Saudi Arabia. We discussed Trade, Military, Oil Prices, Security, and Stability in the Middle East!

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Writing on Twitter Wednesday, he spoke warmly of the Kingdom’s brotherly ties with Iraq.

“Every one who loves Iraq today wants to avoid disturbances and everything that negatively affects its security and stability,” he wrote. He said there was a need to mobilize Iraqi people and enhance the country’s role in the Arab world.

Saudi Arabia has called for restraint after the US killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3. Iran responded early Wednesday by firing 22 missiles at Iraqi military bases housing US troops.

Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan also offered his support for the Iraqi people. He said it was of utmost importance for Iraq’s leadership to join forces to avoid a war and not become a battleground.

“The Kingdom will always stand as it does with all its efforts to achieve security and stability for Iraq and enable it to achieve the aspirations of its dear people,” he said.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia would stand by Iraq to “overcome everything that threatens its security, stability and its connection to the Arab world.”

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Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman meets Donald Trump in Washington Previous

Time: 08 January, 2020

The prince also met with the UK defense minister Ben Wallace. (Twitter: @kbsalsaud)
  • The prince also met with the UK defense minister Ben Wallace

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met with Donald Trump in Washington on Monday.

He delivered a message from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and reviewed aspects of bilateral cooperation, including efforts to confront regional and international challenges.

The prince also met with the UK defense minister Ben Wallace, the two discussed the strategic partnership between Saudi Arabia and Britain, the ongoing regional issues and the two countries’ mutual efforts in the war against terror.

Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان

@kbsalsaud

Upon directives from HRH the Crown Prince, I had the pleasure of meeting with @RealDonaldTrump yesterday to deliver a message from the Crown Prince, and review aspects of our bilateral cooperation, including efforts to confront regional and international challenges.

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Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان

@kbsalsaud

Had the pleasure of meeting @BWallaceMP. We discussed the strategic partnership between our two countries, mutual efforts in the war against terrorism, and challenges facing our region.

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President Trump tweeted that he had discussed stability in the Middle East as well as oil prices, security and military issues at a White House meeting with Prince Khalid.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Had a very good meeting with @kbsalsaud of Saudi Arabia. We discussed Trade, Military, Oil Prices, Security, and Stability in the Middle East!

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DSAME – Sir John Lorimer

@DSAME_Defence

تشرفت بالترحيب بصاحب السمو الملكي الأمير خالد بن سلمان بن عبد العزيز آل سعود، نائب وزير دفاع المملكة العربية 🇸🇦، في وزارة الدفاع 🇬🇧 @DefenceHQ، حيث عُقِدت محادثات مفيدة جدا مع وزير الدفاع البريطاني.

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DSAME – Sir John Lorimer

@DSAME_Defence

Honoured to welcome HRH Sheikh Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Deputy Defence Minister of the Kingdom of , to the MOD. Extremely useful discussions held with the Secretary of State for Defence @BWallaceMP

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Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khalid bin Salman meets with Pompeo, defense chief Esper

Time: 07 January, 2020 

Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister Khalid bin Salman met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Monday. (Twitter: @kbsalsaud)
  • The prince and Pompeo discussed recent events in the Middle East

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Monday.

During the meeting, the prince and Pompeo discussed recent events in the Middle East and ways to ensure peace and stability in the region.

Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان

@kbsalsaud

I had the pleasure of meeting @SecPompeo. We discussed recent events in the region, and efforts to maintain regional and international peace and stability.

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Prince Khalid also met US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and discussed “mutual challenges faced by our countries”, tweeting on Tuesday: “Met with @EsperDoD to discuss mutual challenges faced by our countries, and emphasize the importance of our ongoing military cooperation, which serves regional and international security.”

Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان

@kbsalsaud

Met with @EsperDoD to discuss mutual challenges faced by our countries, and emphasize the importance of our ongoing military cooperation, which serves regional and international security.

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Prince Khalid bin Salman meets with Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi

Time: September 14, 2019  

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met in Riyadh with Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. (SPA/file)

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met in Riyadh with Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and conveyed to him the regards of King Salman and the Crown Prince, Saudi state agency SPA reported on Saturday.

During the meeting, they highlighted the Kingdom’s firm and supportive stance to Yemen and the latter’s constitutional legitimacy under the leadership of Hadi to restore security, peace and stability, in accordance with the recognized peace references of the Gulf Initiative and the outcomes of the national dialogue and the relevant UN resolutions, especially Resolution 2216.

Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان

@kbsalsaud

بناء على توجيهات سمو سيدي ولي العهد، تشرفت بلقاء فخامة الرئيس اليمني ونقلت له تحيات وتقدير قيادة المملكة لجهود وحكمة فخامته، وأكدت له دعم المملكة لفخامته وحكومته للحفاظ على الدولة واستعادة الامن والاستقرار في اليمن الشقيق.

Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان

@kbsalsaud

كان اللقاء بفخامته مثمراً وإيجابياً، وتم بحث العلاقات بين البلدين والشراكة الإستراتيجية، واهمية الحوار لمعالجة القضايا الداخلية في اليمن، ومواصلة التعاون والتنسيق بين البلدين لمواجهة الميليشات الحوثية المدعومة من إيران، ومكافحة الإرهاب، وتأمين الملاحة.

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They also stressed that the security of Yemen goes in pair with the Saudi security, reiterating the Kingdom’s permanent position supporting legitimacy to counter the rebellion and coup of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia and to preserve Yemen’s unity, security and stability.

Prince Khalid has also praised the Yemeni President’s keenness on dialogue to address any issues.

The meeting was attended by the Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh, Yemeni Prime Minister Dr. Moeen Abdulmalik, Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Salem Al-Khanbashi, and  Abdullah Al-Olaimi, director of the Yemeni president’s office.

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Saudi Arabia’s Khalid bin Salman discusses Yemen with Pompeo

Time: August 29, 2019  

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Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman, left, walks with David Schenker, right, Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs, as he leaves the State Department in Washington on Wednesday. (AP)
  • Pompeo praises Saudi efforts to mediate between the Yemen government and the separatist Southern Transitional Council
  • The two men also discussed the need for stronger maritime security and Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed developments in Yemen with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday.

During the meeting in Washington, Pompeo reiterated US support for a negotiated resolution between the government of Yemen and the separatist Southern Transitional Council. Forces from the two parties have been part of a coalition fighting the Iran-backed Houthi militants, who sparked the conflict in 2014. But in recent weeks the separatists have clashed with governement troops, particularly in the interim capital Aden.

Secretary Pompeo

@SecPompeo

Had a productive meeting with @kbsalsaud today to discuss , maritime security, countering the Iranian regime’s dangerous activities, and human rights. Very important for the unity, stability, and prosperity of Yemen that the Yemeni government and STC resolve their dispute.

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Pompeo thanked Prince Khalid for Saudi Arabia’s efforts to mediate the dispute. The Kingdom invited the parties involved to hold talks in Saudi Arabia and insisted on a ceasefire in Aden after sveral days of fighting earlier this month killed dozens of people.

Pompeo and Prince Khalid agreed that “dialogue represents the only way to achieve a stable, unified, and prosperous Yemen,” the State Department said.

The two men also discussed the need for stronger maritime security in order to promote freedom of navigation and Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.

Saudi Arabia and the US have both reacted strongly to a spate of attacks on shipping in and near the Arabian Gulf that has been blamed on Iran.

The attacks came after the US ramped up its military presence in the region in response to threats from Tehran. Tensions have been high since Donald Trump withdrew the US from an international agreement designed to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

Saudi Arabia, and other Arab nations, say the deal has allowed Iran to continue developing its ballistic missiles and helped it fund an aggressive foreign policy of destabilizing the Middle East with proxy militias.

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Saudi deputy defense minister, UN envoy discuss Yemen’s stability

Time: May 10, 2019  

Martin Griffiths, left, and Prince Khalid bin Salman. (SPA photos)
  • KSRelief has implemented 330 projects, worth almost $2 billion, in Yemen in partnership with 80 UN agencies and international and local NGOs.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met UN Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths to discuss latest developments in the war-ravaged country on Thursday.

During the meeting in Riyadh, they reasserted the Kingdom’s support for the UN’s efforts to reach a political solution in Yemen and its keenness to provide support and assistance for civilians caught up in the conflict.

They stressed their commitment to ensuring the return of security and stability to Yemen, and to preserving both its sovereignty and unity.

Griffiths praised the outstanding humanitarian support being provided by Saudi Arabia, specifically through bodies like the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).

They also discussed developments and the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement around the port city of Hodeidah, as well as the actions of Iranian-backed Houthi militias which have repeatedly violated the deal.

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