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

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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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Who is Prince Khaled bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to the US?

Time: May 01, 2019    

Prince Khaled bin Salman has been named as Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to the United States, replacing Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki.

A younger brother to current Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Prince Khaled is a former F-15 pilot who graduated from Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. He had earlier, in 2014, participated in the international coalition to combat ISIS as an air force pilot.

“My sons, the pilots, fulfilled their obligation toward their religion, their homeland and their king,” Saudi Press Agency quoted King Salman – then Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince in 2014 – as saying.

Saudi Arabia, along with the United States, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan carried out the air strikes after forming a coalition along with dozens of other states to fight ISIS.

In a handout picture released by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Saudi Arabian air force pilot Prince Khaled bin Salman sits in the cockpit of a fighter jet at an undisclosed location on September 23, 2014. (AFP)

The young prince replaces Prince Abdullah bin Faisal, who had served in the post for over a year when he was appointed in October, 2015.

“Prince Abdullah bin Faysal bin Turki removed as ambassador to the US. Prince Khaled bin Salman bin Abdulaziz appointed ambassador”, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing a royal order.

Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC), a private initiative to strengthen Saudi-US ties based in Washington D.C., said they believed Prince Khaled would help continue the Saudi-US relationship’s growth mutual peace, stability and prosperity.

Salman al-Ansari, a Saudi political analyst and president of SAPRAC, was quoted by AFP news agency as describing Prince Khaled as a “very organized personality, savvy, youthful, and active”.

“He is being seen as a modern-day version of Bandar bin Sultan, who also trained as a fighter pilot before dominating the US-Saudi relationship for more than two decades as ambassador in Washington,” Simon Henderson, Director of the Gulf & Energy Policy Program at the Washington Institute, wrote earlier this year.

Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s career

Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has been appointed as the new ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

EDUCATION

Prince Khalid received a Bachelor of Aero Science from King Faisal Air Academy. He continued his studies in the United States at both Harvard University earning a certificate for Senior Executives in National and International Security. He also studied advanced electronic warfare in Paris.

He began graduate work at Georgetown University pursuing a Master of Arts in Security Studies but his studies were suspended upon different job assignment and before his appointment as Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States.

MILITARY CAREER

Upon his graduation from King Faisal Air Academy, Prince Khalid joined the Royal Saudi Air Force. He started his career as a pilot on the Texan-6 and T-38 in Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.

He later began the F15-S Flying program as a pilot, and he was assigned as a Tactical Intelligence Officer in addition to flying F-15S in the 92nd Squadron for the 3rd Flying Wing at King Abdulaziz Air Base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

Trained as a fighter pilot with almost 1,000 hours in total flight time, Prince Khalid has flown missions against ISIS as part of the International Coalition. He has also flown mission over Yemen as part of Operation Decisive Storm and Operation Renewal of Hope.

For his service in the Saudi Air Force, Prince Khalid has been widely decorated, including being awarded the Operation South Shield Medal; the Battlefield Medal; the Workmanship Medal; and Abdullah’s Sword Exercise Medal.

Prince Khalid trained extensively with the US military both in the United States and in Saudi Arabia, including at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. A back injury forced him to stop flying, he worked as an officer in the office of the minister of defense .

POST-MILITARY CAREER

Prince Khalid was appointed to office of the Minister of Defense after his active duty ended. He subsequently became a senior civilian adviser in the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense upon the completion of his active military service.

Late 2016, he moved to the United States and served as an advisor to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States.

Prince Khalid becomes the tenth Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States since 1945.

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Khalid bin Salman: Iran Fueling Sectarianism, Division

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Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman stressed on Wednesday that Riyadh was keen on achieving security and stability in the Middle East, while Iran has since 1979, been pursuing sectarian and destabilizing agenda.

“The regime in Iran has been fueling sectarianism and division” and has been violating international law through its malicious practices, he told the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security.

Among these practices is its support and armament of terrorist groups, such as its proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthi militias in Yemen, he continued.

The Iranian people are the first to be harmed by such policies, he noted. “The people deserve to live in stability and harmony with their neighbors.”

Saudi Arabia has not spared any effort in supporting peace to achieve stability in the region and the world, declared Prince Khalid. It has done so through defending international laws and norms and supporting legitimate international institutions without any sectarian and ideological bias.

The Arab world is at a crossroads that demands a firm stance to realize “a bright future for its people. We can either succumb to policies of chaos, destruction and sectarianism that want to take the region backwards or set our priorities straight and take confident steps towards a secure, stable and prosperous future.”

“In the Kingdom, we have made up our minds and we are forging forward towards development and confronting extremist, sectarian and terrorist forces no matter what it takes,” he stressed, while citing Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 that aspires to establish a peaceful and stable future in the region.

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Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to the UK

 Time: April 17, 2019  

  • Prince Khaled has also served his country as an adviser to the Saudi ambassador to the US for three years

Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the UK, has thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for giving him the responsibility.

He vowed to fulfill his responsibilities to meet the expectations of the king and the crown prince.

He also expressed his wish to serve the Kingdom and its people in the UK and to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries. He also prayed for the safety and prosperity of the Kingdom.

Previously, Prince Khaled served as the Saudi envoy to Germany. He was appointed to this position in June 2017.

He is the son of Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the former head of Saudi intelligence.

Prince Khaled has also served his country as an adviser to the Saudi ambassador to the US for three years. Prince Khaled has also worked at the UN’s department of political affairs in New York. Prince Khaled bin Bandar is also the executive chairman of Dayım Holding, established in 2006 to act as a vehicle for investment, strategic partnerships and joint ventures in Saudi Arabia.

He also headed Hertz Equipment Rental in Saudi Arabia, and led several other key business ventures. Prince Khaled graduated from the University of Oxford obtaining a degree in Oriental studies.

He also graduated from the Sandhurst Military Academy as a commissioned officer, before obtaining a post-graduate degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Prince Khaled married Lucy Caroline Cuthbert in 2011. She is the maternal niece of Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland.

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Princess Reema sworn in as new Saudi envoy to US

 Time: April 17, 2019

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Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan was appointed Saudi ambassador to the US. (SPA)
  • Princess Reema follows in the footsteps of her father Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was also Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the country
  • The George Washington University graduate replaces Prince Khaled bin Salman, who was appointed deputy defense minister

RIYADH: Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan made diplomatic history on Tuesday when she was sworn in as Saudi ambassador to the US.

The princess took the oath of loyalty before King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, to become Saudi Arabia’s first female ambassador.

“I swear by Almighty Allah to be faithful to my religion, to my king and my country; to never reveal any state secrets; to preserve the Kingdom’s interests and laws at home and abroad; and to perform my duty with sincerity, honesty and loyalty,” she said.

Princess Reema spent several years in the US during her youth when her father, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was also Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the country. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in museum studies from George Washington University. A noted entrepreneur and philanthropist, before her diplomatic appointment Princess Reema had been vice president of women’s affairs at the General Sports Authority since 2016.

Also sworn in on Tuesday were the new Saudi Ambassador to Austria, Prince Abdullah bin Khaled bin Sultan; to Cameroon, Abdulilah Mohammed Al-Shuaibi; and to Cyprus, Khaled bin Mohammed Al-Sharif.

Prince Khaled bin Bandar, who attended the ceremony, later expressed his thanks and gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for appointing him the Kingdom’s ambassador to the UK.

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Prince Khalid bin Salman meets Defense Ministry officials

Time: February 25, 2019

Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman with Saudi soldiers stationed at the Kingdom’s southern border. (SPA)
  • He was briefed about the important tasks performed by different units deployed along the southern border to defend their homeland

Prince Khalid bin Salman, deputy defense minister, on Monday visited the southern border of the Kingdom. He met the Saudi armed forces personnel and conveyed them greetings from the Saudi leadership.

During the tour, the deputy minister highlighted the combat capabilities of the Saudi forces. Prince Khalid lauded the professionalism and courage of the Saudi soldiers.

He was briefed about the important tasks performed by different units deployed along the southern border to defend their homeland.

On Sunday, civil and military personnel of the Defense Ministry called on the newly appointed minister. Prince Khalid thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for assigning him the task of deputy defense minister.

He told the ministry officials that the crown prince had assigned him several projects to develop and further strengthen the Defense Ministry in line with the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030 plan.

Saudi Arabia is also looking to localize 50 percent of total government military spending in the Kingdom by 2030, and in 2017 announced the launch of the state-owned military industrial company Saudi Arabia Military Industries.

Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia expects SAMI to contribute almost $240 million to the national gross domestic product by 2020, and to create 5,000 new jobs.

SAMI is set to become one of the top manufacturers globally, combining the latest technologies and best expertise to produce military equipment according to international standards and aid the development of the Saudi army.

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Princess Reema made ambassador to US, Khaled bin Salman appointed deputy defense minister by royal decree

Time: February 24, 2019  

After royal decrees were issued, Prince Khaled bin Salman has been appointed deputy defense minister while Princess Reema bint Bandar is the new ambassador to the US. (AN file photos)
  • Another royal decree was announced to give a one-month salary bonus to soldiers serving on the front lines along Saudi Arabia’s southern borders

JEDDAH: Deputy King Prince Mohammed bin Salman issued a royal decree on Saturday appointing Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US.

The deputy king issued a second decree announcing the appointment of Prince Khaled bin Salman as the Kingdom’s deputy defense minister.

Another royal decree, issued by the deputy king, announced a one-month salary bonus to soldiers serving at the front lines on Saudi Arabia’s southern borders.

A daughter of a former Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Princess Reema is a graduate in museology from an American university.

In October 2017, the princess became the first woman to lead a Saudi multi-sports federation, covering sporting activities for men and women.

Prince Khaled, Saudi Arabia’s former ambassador in Washington, graduated from the King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).

He received his initial pilot training at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and advanced training at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Mississippi. He also studied advanced electronic warfare in France.

Previously, he was an F-15 pilot and tactical intelligence officer in the RSAF.

Before a back injury ended his flying career, Prince Khaled flew more than 50 combat missions as part of the international coalition campaign against Daesh in Syria and as part of Operations Decisive Storm and Renewal of Hope in Yemen.

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In exclusive essay, Prince Khaled bin Salman argues world should unite in confronting Iran’s aggression

Time: July 23, 2018

Appeasement was unsuccessful in halting Nazi Germany’s rise to power, and it will be equally unsuccessful in deterring the theocratic regime in Tehran, Prince Khalid says.
  • Hitler 1938, Iran 2018: World ‘must learn the lesson of history’ writes the Saudi envoy to the US

WASHINGTON: The world must confront Iranian aggression in a way that it failed to do in the 1930s with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, has warned in an exclusive political essay published in Arab News.
Appeasement was unsuccessful in halting Nazi Germany’s rise to power, and it will be equally unsuccessful in deterring the theocratic regime in Tehran, Prince Khalid says.
“At a time of thunderous echoes of the 1930s — the sustained fallout from an economic crisis, extreme polarization of the political spectrum from the far right to the hard left, inaction from the global community and malignant actors determined to fill a void in leadership by spreading their ideology of hate and violence — it is incumbent on the global community to act with resolve,” Prince Khalid writes.
He argues that the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, far from curbing Tehran’s regional meddling and support for global terrorism, has in fact provided it with more than $100 billion in resources to finance these activities.
“As at Munich eight decades ago, when Western concessions failed to satisfy Nazi Germany’s desires for a bigger, more powerful ‘Reich,’ the world is again faced with the twin options of offering treasure and territory to placate a murderous regime, or confronting evil head-on,” Prince Khalid writes.
He draws a comparison between Saudi Arabia, with its ambitious development plans in investing for a strong and stable future, and Iran’s lavish spending on military adventurism in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere. “Those who adhere to terrorism and violent extremism are but a small minority in both Saudi Arabia and Iran,” he writes. “The difference is that in Saudi Arabia these terrorists are on the run, while in Iran they are running the country.”
Prince Khalid welcomes the avowed determination of US President Donald Trump to take a more realistic approach to the Iranian menace, and he offers Saudi Arabia’s unqualified support.
“The world must join us to confront Iran with seriousness and intent. Iran needs to know it will pay a price if it continues to violate international law and interfere in the affairs of its neighbors,” he writes.

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