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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@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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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

25/04/19

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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