Saudi Prince Miteb rules out need for military conscription

Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz.

Saudi National Guard Minister Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz dismissed Wednesday the possibility of introducing mandatory military service in the kingdom, citing the high number of citizens joining the security forces on a voluntary basis, according to local media reports.

“This is out of the question because we find that the number of volunteers among citizens for joining the military sector is very high, whether to the academies or institutes” he said, when asked about the possibility of introducing conscription in the kingdom.

“We have enough numbers and even more than what we effectively need,” he added.

Prince Miteb’s comments to the press came after the Saudi official toured the National Guard in Rafha.

On Tuesday, Prince Miteb said the kingdom’s security forces were more than capable of dealing with any cross-border terrorist threats.

“It would be better for them [terrorist organizations] not to approach Saudi Arabia’s borders and if they opt to do so they will really suffer,” the minister said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42