Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs, and his delegation attended the opening of the International Military-Technical Forum, Army 2018, in Moscow, Russia, Emirates news agency WAM reported.
The forum, which is organized by the Russian Ministry of Defense and will run until 26th August, has become a leading international armament and special and military hardware exhibition, as well as a platform for discussing advanced ideas and designs.
Al Bowardi toured the national pavilions of various countries, as well as the stands of leading defense manufacturing companies.
He also met, at the forum’s sidelines, with the Defense Ministers of Russia and Egypt, as well as the Belarusian Deputy Minister of Defense Industries, to discussed ways of enhancing the cooperation between the UAE and their respective countries.
The UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs also met with Colonel General Alexander Fomin, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways of developing bilateral relations and enhancing cooperation in military and defense sector.
They also reviewed a number of regional and international issues of common concern.
The meeting was attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Defense and officials from the both sides.
According to Rostec, the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY 2018 is taking place from 21 till 26 August in the Patriot Congress and Exhibition Center in the town of Kubinka.
In 2017, the forum was attended by over 1,200 organizations and businesses demonstrating more than 18,000 exhibits. 78 defense enterprises and holding companies from 14 countries -Armenia, Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, China, Pakistan, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, France, Estonia, Czech Republic, South Africa, and Korea -presented their products. Seven countries were represented by national exhibits (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, Pakistan, Slovakia, and South Africa). The forum was attended by representatives from 114 foreign countries and 65 official military delegations, including 35 high-level delegations. There were more than 300 representatives of foreign military departments.