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Chiefs of Staff from 18 Countries Pledge to Protect Region’s Security

Chiefs of Staff from 18 Countries Pledge to Protect Region’s Security

Tuesday, 22 October, 2019 - 06:30
The chiefs of staff of 18 countries pledge to protect regional security. (SPA)
Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat
Chiefs of Staff of the Gulf Cooperation Council states and a number of countries, including Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Korea, United Kingdom and the US, emphasized on Monday their determination to deter any aggression that targets vital facilities in Saudi Arabia.

The officials attended on Monday the Security and Defense Conference in Riyadh that aims to emphasize regional air and marine protection, discuss the Iranian hostilities and provide the required capabilities for the protection of the security and stability of the region.

The participants discussed ways of protecting air and marine navigation against Iranian terrorist attacks.

In a final statement, they affirmed their unified position against the attack and aggression on Saudi Arabia and their determination to counter such hostilities, which targeted vital facilities in the Kingdom.

The Chief of Staff of Saudi Arabia, Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, said Monday’s meeting aims to find appropriate ways for joint military cooperation to ensure the protection of vital and sensitive installations.

“The region has been suffering consecutive crises since the regime of the Iranian revolution came to power,” he said, adding that Tehran was using sectarianism for political ends and forming militia proxies that show “absolute loyalty” to Tehran and are destabilizing the Middle East.

Ruwaili said the Saudi armed forces are confronting all threats from Iran and its allies, calling for effective participation in bolstering capabilities to confront the threat of Iran and its proxies in the region.

Participants also toured an exhibition where they were briefed on the unprecedented attack on vital facilities in the Kingdom. They were shown intercepted ballistic missiles, Iranian drones and photos of Iranian terrorist tools used to destabilize the region.

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