Egypt Takes Part in Joint Military Drills with Bahrain, UAE

13.03.2017 Bahrain
An Egyptian warship fire a missile during a military drill

An Egyptian warship fire a missile during a military drill

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A number of warships and jet fighters from the Egyptian Armed Forces arrived in Bahrain Friday to take part in “Hamad 2” joint drill which reflects solid and historic fraternal relations between both countries and peoples, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

The military exercise is also part of bilateral military cooperation which aims to further cement historic fraternal ties between Bahrain and Egypt and boost pan-Arab work.

Egypt will take part in two separate military drills with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Egyptian Armed Forces announced on Saturday.

Army spokesman Tamer El-Refai said in an online statement that Egyptian forces have departed for the two countries to take part in ground, air and naval military exercises, which will take place over several days.

The drills aim to “unify the concepts of combat and the sharing of expertise and training in the naval and air forces.”

“This comes in the framework of the Armed Forces’ plan for joint drills with brotherly countries in different fields... to support peace and stability in the region,” the statement read.

Egypt recently took part in joint military drills with Bahrain titled “Khaled Ibn Al-Waleed 2016,” which took place from 19 to 30 December 2016.

Egypt took part in 30 joint military exercises in 2016 with 20 Arab and African countries, as well as European countries including France, Greece and Russia.

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