UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain attended Thursday the final stage of the joint Emirati-Bahraini military anti-terrorism exercise, titled “Jalmoud 3.”
The three day exercise involved the participation of the UAE Armed Forces and the Royal Guard, a unit of the Bahrain Defence Force, as well as several other units from the defence force and Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior and National Security Agency, as part of the close cooperation between the two countries, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
The exercise was attended by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Court; Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs; Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council; Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Ambassador to Bahrain; and several senior military officials.
The exercise was also attended by Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force, Major General Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, National Security Adviser, Commander of the Royal Guard and Director of the Exercise, and Colonel Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Commander of the Royal Guard Special Forces, and a number of senior figures.
Before the exercise, the two countries agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed by Lt. General Eng. Issa Saif bin Ablan Al Mazrouei, Deputy Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, and Major General Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad, who presented the exercise, its phases and its objectives.
The President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed expressed his happiness at attending the exercise, which highlighted the skills and abilities of its participants.
His Majesty King Hamad welcomed the attendance of the President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed at the exercise, praising the efforts of everyone involved to ensure its success.
“We are delighted to welcome the valiant UAE Armed Forces in their second home, Bahrain, and among their brothers during the exercise, which confirms the close historical ties between the two friendly countries,” he said.
Earlier, HM King Hamad and the UAE President visited, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, the sixth edition of the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS 2022), at the Al-Sakhir Air Base, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
At the outset of the visit, HM the King, President HH Shaikh Mohamed bin Zayed and HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister visited the UAE pavilion, where they were briefed on the latest achievements of the Emirati national companies and institutions that display a set of developed projects in the aviation field.
They were also briefed on the pavilions of the other participating countries, and exchanged talks with heads and representatives of companies and exhibitors about the developments in the aircraft industry of various types and the latest innovations in civil and military aviation technologies. They were also informed about the most prominent modernisation and development plans and programmes currently conducted by international companies in the aviation sector.
HM the King, President HH Shaikh Mohamed bin Zayed and HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister then watched the airs shows accompanying BIAS 2022.
About 100 aircraft of various commercial and military types participated in the air shows, including military aircraft from the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF), Gulf Air, the US Naval Air Force, the Royal Saudi Air Force (Saudi Hawks), and the UAE Air Force (“Fursan Al Emarat” (The Knights)), the British Global Stars team, the RAF Red Arrows team and the Pakistan Air Force for the first time, which presented efficient and distinguished performances that earned the audience’s admiration.
For their part, Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, also attended BIAS 2022.