Saudi Arabia makes $1bn bid for partnership with South African defence group Denel #Defence #Germany

2018/08/11 – Saudi Arabia has made a $1-billion bid for a broad partnership with South African State-owned defence group Denel that would include the acquisition of a minority stake in a joint venture with Germany’s Rheinmetall, a source familiar with the offer said.Currently heavily dependent on imports, Saudi Arabia, the world’s third-largest defence spender, is seeking partnerships to develop its own domestic defence industry with the goal of localising half of its military spending by 2030. Continuer à lire … « Saudi Arabia makes $1bn bid for partnership with South African defence group Denel #Defence #Germany »

Saudi Arabia realises Gambia’s potential

2018/29/10 – The Tourism and Culture minister, Hamat Bah, in his clarification about The Gambia-Saudi Arabia unsigned MoU said that the government of Saudi Arabia who is investing over $5bn to develop tourism has realised the potential and importance of The Gambia in different forums that they met and thus approached for a need to have an MOU. Continuer à lire … « Saudi Arabia realises Gambia’s potential »

Saudi Arabia and the UAE Look to Africa (Opinion-Camille Lons)

2018/28/10 – By mediating conflicts and combining their assets in the Horn of Africa, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are slowly cementing an arc of political influence across the region.

In September 16, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signed a peace agreement in Jeddah. This move, initiated by Ahmed’s election and supported by intense UAE and U.S. back-channel diplomacy over the past few months, is putting an end to a decade of war and tension between their two countries. The next day, Saudi Arabia also hosted the first face-to-face talks between Eritrea and Djibouti after more than a decade of border disputes, following a peace agreement the two countries had signed on September 6. Saudi mediation was warmly welcomed by Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who declared in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat that Saudi Arabia’s role was key to normalizing Djibouti’s relations with Eritrea. Continuer à lire … « Saudi Arabia and the UAE Look to Africa (Opinion-Camille Lons) »

Saudi Ambassador to Tunisia Meets with His Pakistani Counterpart

2018/23/11 – Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali, Saudi ambassador to Tunisia, met here today with Pakistani ambassador to Tunisia Mohammed Hassan.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and discussed issues of common interest.

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Mali – G5 Sahel force licks wounds after HQ attack

2018/07/21 – On June 29, a suicide attack shook the headquarters of the Sahel’s five-nation anti-terror force, failing to inflict major damage but exposing the fragility of the much-trumpeted scheme.
Countries in the G5 Sahel — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger — joined with France, the big international backer of the force, in vowing not to surrender to fear.
The attack killed three people, two of them soldiers, and wrecked the entrance to the base, located in the central Malian town of Sevare. Continuer à lire … « Mali – G5 Sahel force licks wounds after HQ attack »

2018/06/28 – Fighting ‘pseudo-religious highway terrorism’ in Mali Barkhane bunkers down

2018/06/28 – Senegal’s president Macky Sall believes ‘you won’t settle the problems in the Sahel with flowers.’ He wants reinforcements for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (Minusma), ‘one of the deadliest in the history of UN peacekeeping’ (102 Blue Helmets killed to date). Continuer à lire … « 2018/06/28 – Fighting ‘pseudo-religious highway terrorism’ in Mali Barkhane bunkers down »

Russia, Sudan are discussing naval supply centre, not military base: diplomat

2018/06/10 – Moscow and Khartoum are discussing the establishment of a naval supply centre but not a military base on the Red Sea, said the Russian ambassador to Sudan Vladimir Giltov on Saturday. Continuer à lire … « Russia, Sudan are discussing naval supply centre, not military base: diplomat »