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A member of the Saudi border guards patrols the fence on Saudi Arabia’s northern border with Iraq. AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Riyadh – The German Federal Police (BPOL) organized training for Saudi women working at the General Directorate of Border Guards to promote their skills in inspection and monitoring.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Saudi Directorate of Border Guards said the training session, entitled “Security Training for Border Inspection Guards”, fell within a joint security cooperation with BPOL, in line with an agreement signed between the Saudi Interior ministry and its German counterpart.

The statement added that the training session, which began on Sunday, groups 16 Saudi trainees within a comprehensive training program that tackles the issue of border security, personal protection, preliminary investigation, identity verification, arrest and inspection, confiscation of seized items, as well as other subjects aimed at developing the skills of women guards.

The Directorate of Border Guards said it was deploying all efforts and employing skilled human resources to provide the best training to border guards, within the framework of a program aimed at strengthening border security.

The directorate has appointed 60 women inspectors, who had graduated from Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, to work on the Saudi borders.

In December, German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen conducted a three-day official visit to Saudi Arabia, where she discussed possibilities of further enhancing bilateral relations.

A statement by the German Embassy in Riyadh said that the visit aimed at finalizing talks on cooperation in training Saudi youths.

The statement added that the German Defense College would host in 2017 several young officers and staff from the Saudi military.

Von der Leyen expressed her interest in learning about Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan. She met with high-ranking Saudi officials and representatives of the private sector during her visit, the embassy statement added.