Houthis say they fired missile at Riyadh

Jassem bin Mohammed, a Saudi activist, posted on his Twitter page, “A huge explosion shook Riyadh area before Trumps visit amid panic, fear and rumours that this was a Yemeni ballistic missile, and it comes right before the arrival of the American guest [Trump], and this is the message they wanted to deliver to us.”.

Among the deals, executives said, were a plan by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc for a joint venture with Aramco to manage business projects in the kingdom, and a plan by McDermott International to transfer some of its ship fabrication facilities from Dubai to a new shipbuilding complex which Aramco will build within Saudi Arabia.

It will also bolster the kingdom's 'ability to contribute to counter-terrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on the USA military to conduct those operations, ' the official added.

The official described the agreements as 'a significant expansion of the over seven-decade-long security relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia'.

The Saudi Air Defence Forces last evening intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired from Yemen by the Houthi militia, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

National oil giant Saudi Aramco expects to sign $50 billion of deals with USA companies on Saturday, part of a drive to diversify the kingdom's economy beyond oil exports, Aramco's chief executive Amin Nasser said.

Saudi Arabia on Thursday announced the creation of a new military industries firm as part of the kingdom's efforts to boost defence production. His first global destination as president, Saudi Arabia, is where he reportedly registered eight companies during his campaign.

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