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Mon 13 Apr 2015 01:20 PM

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Saudi Grand Mufti calls for military conscription

Mufti’s comments come after Kuwait, the UAE and Qatar introduce compulsory military service

Saudi Grand Mufti calls for military conscription
Saudis Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh. (AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti has reportedly called for military conscription as the kingdom leads an offensive in Yemen.

"We must prepare our youth through conscription in order to be ready to carry out the missions needed from them," Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh reportedly said during his weekly sermon in Riyadh.

"This measure is very important to our youths and makes the country ready to face any threat."

The UAE and Qatar last year introduced compulsory military service and earlier this month Kuwait’s parliament approved legislation that will see all men aged over 18 serve at least one year in the military and then remain as a reservist until they are 45 years old.

Saudi Arabia is yet to follow suit. In August, National Guard Minister Prince Mit'eb Bin Abdul-Aziz said conscription was unnecessary in the kingdom because there was sufficient voluntary recruitment.

Young Saudi men have welcomed the Grand Mufti’s recommendation, according to the Saudi Gazette.

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