Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense met in Riyadh Monday with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff, at the Japanese Ministry of Defense Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, currently on a visit to the Kingdom.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations in the military fields and means to promote them, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The reception was attended by the Saudi Chief-of-Staff Lt. General Abdulrahman Al-Bunyan and a number of senior officials, from both sides.
In another development, a Saudi frigate came under attack Monday by three suicide boats belonging to the Houthi militias while on patrol west of the port of Hodeida, Yemen.
The Saudi-led coalition said that the Saudi ship dealt with the boats as necessary. However, one of the boats collided with the rear of the vessel, resulting in the explosion of the boat and a fire at the rear of the ship. The crew extinguished the fire. Two members of the ship crew fell martyrs and three others were injured and they are in stable conditions.
The command added that the Saudi ship continued its patrol duties in the area of operations, while the air force and the coalition forces’ ships continued to chase the fleeing boats to deal with them.
The command of the coalition asserts that the continuation of the Houthi militias’ use of the port of Hodeida as a launching pad for terrorist operations is a serious development that would affect the international navigation and the flow of humanitarian and medical assistance into the port for Yemeni citizens.