Egyp­tian troops con­tinue joint drills with Saudi Ara­bia

Ex­er­cises aim to com­bat ter­ror­ism, con­front threats to se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity of Gulf, Mid­dle East

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Fatma Lotfi

The Egyp­tian Armed Forces con­tin­ued on Wednesday the ma­jor joint mil­i­tary drills, Gulf Shield 1, which kicked off in Saudi Ara­bia ear­lier this month, with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of ground, naval, and air troops from coun­tries of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) as well as other na­tions.

Egypt’s mil­i­tary stated, in a state­ment, that it is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­er­cises with ma­rine troop, para­trooper, and com­mando (sa’ka) forces, as well as mil­i­tary po­lice, along­side the sig­nif­i­cant par­tic­i­pa­tion of forces and mon­i­tors from 23 coun­tries.

“The drills are one of the big­gest joint ex­er­cises in the re­gion, which pro­vides a rich en­vi­ron­ment of mu­tual tac­ti­cal and op­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ences, aim­ing to en­sure the readi­ness of joint troops, to plan and im­ple­ment joint land, naval, and air mis­sions to pro­tect vi­tal in­ter­ests, com­bat ter­ror­ism, and con­front threats that harm the se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of the Gulf and Mid­dle East,” the Egyp­tian mil­i­tary state­ment read.

It added that the early stages of the drills in­cluded the ar­rival of troops from the armed forces of dif­fer­ent coun­tries to train­ing lo­ca­tions, con­duct­ing lec­tures on con­sol­i­dat­ing fight­ing con­cepts, ex­chang­ing train­ing ex­per­tise among troops, and co­or­di­nat­ing ef­forts to fully ben­e­fit from the drills.

The ex­er­cises, or­gan­ised by Saudi Ara­bia’s Min­istry of De­fence, kicked off on 18 March in the king­dom’s eastern re­gion with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of mil­i­tary forces from 23 coun­tries as well as Riyadh’s, and they are sched­uled to last for one month, ac­cord­ing to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Eg­pyt is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the drills with ma­rine troop, para­trooper, and com­mando (sa’ka) forces

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