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Saudi deputy defense minister General Khalid Bin Sultan fired from his job

Tigrai Online April 21, 2013

Saudi deputy defense minister Khalid Bin Sultan attacks Ethiopia
Saudi deputy defense minister Khalid Bin Sultan goes berserk against The Grand Renaissance dam.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has removed veteran deputy defense minister Prince Khaled bin Sultan from his post, state media reported on Saturday, the latest move in a reshuffle among princes holding government jobs in the U.S.-allied kingdom.

Switches of important posts between princes are closely watched because they indicate possible changes in the line of succession in the monarchy, the dominant power among Gulf Arab states and the world's biggest oil exporter.

Prince Khaled was head of the Saudi armed forces during the 1991 Gulf War but was passed over for the job of Defense Minister in 2011 after the death of his father, Crown Prince Sultan, who had held the position for five decades.

He has been replaced as deputy defense minister by Prince Fahd bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, citing a royal decree. Prince Fahd is a former head of the Saudi navy.

Source: Yahoo News


The Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khaled bin Sultan attacked Ethiopia and the Grand Renaissance Dam in Feb. 2013 in Arab water Council meeting in Cairo.

“The [Grand] Renaissance dam has its capacity of flood waters reaching more than 70 billion cubic meters of water, and is located at an altitude of 700 meters and if it collapsed then Khartoum will drown completely and the impact will even reach the Aswan Dam," the Saudi deputy defense minister Khalid Bin Sultan said at the meetings of the Arab Water Council in Cairo.

"Egypt is the most affected party from the Ethiopian Renaissance dam because they have no alternative water source compared to other Nile Basin countries and the establishment of the dam 12 kilometers from the Sudanese border is for political plotting rather than for economic gain and constitutes a threat to Egyptian and Sudanese national security "the Saudi official said.

The Saudi government tried to mend the diplomatic damage done by the loose cannon general by sending the foreign minister to Ethiopia. The Saudi kingdom explained their stand as a state when it comes to Ethiopia and its development.

We are not sure if his removal from his job has anything to do with running his mouth with matters that does not concern him or not, but we are glad he is removed.

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