Saudi Space Commission (SSC) and Italian Space Agency have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the peaceful use of outer space in order to provide a cooperative framework in special activities, reviewing fields of joint interest in the peaceful uses of space, and facilitating the exchange of information, technologies and personnel working in fields of joint interest.
The 12th session of the Joint Saudi-Italian Committee was held in Riyadh as part of bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Italy, in the presence of Minister of Finance Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, head of the Saudi side, and Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio.
Dr Al-Tamimi and Saccoccia signed the memo on behalf of their respective institutions.
The deal also aims at developing bilateral cooperation between the two sides in building the capacity in the fields of space sciences and engineering, enhancing the role of the scientific mission and inhabited trips programs, and improving cooperation in monitoring the earth, space applications data and manufacturing and launching satellites.
The Memorandum of Understanding has an initial duration of five years and may be subject to a further extension.