Saudi Defense Minister Mohammad Bin Salman received Sunday Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces in the Saudi city of Taif.The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, who arrived to Saudi Arabia early Sunday, met with several military Commanders, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported..
During the visit, both officials visited the Saudi Armed Forces involved in “Operation Renewal of Hope” deployed in Taif.
Sheikh Mohamed inspected the constellation of fighter-jets participating in the coalition, at the Air base. Then he posed for group photos with the UAE Force and the rest of the coalition Forces. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi was briefed on the progress of operations.
“Our sole option is to emerge victorious in the test that Yemen is, in favor of origin of Arab-Yemen, and for the region,” Sheikh Mohammed said in statements carried by the UAE state-run news agency WAM.
“Through the Renewal of Hope Operation, we move on to a new phase in response to developments and adverse events in Yemen after we were able to neutralize the clear danger that extends beyond Yemen.”
Sheikh Mohammed also praised the insightful vision of King Salman bin Abdel Aziz and commended the collective Arab role led by the Saudi monarch.
Sheikh Mohamed was accompanied during the visit by Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense, Chief of the Royal Court, and Special Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, Chairman of the Federal National Council, Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser, Deputy Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy National Security Advisor and Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry says a military training aircraft has crashed, killing the instructor and a student pilot.
SPA quoted the Ministry as saying the accident happened Sunday morning and involved a plane affiliated with the King Faisal Air Academy, a military flight school in the capital, Riyadh. It gave no further details.
Saudi Arabia’s Air Force relies on American and British-made fighters, though the military operates training aircraft produced in other countries as well.