The “Eager Lion 2019” military exercise concluded in Amman, Jordan Thursday in the presence of the Commander of the US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, and the participation of heads of delegations participating in the exercise from (30) countries in addition to (8000) participants.
Saudi Armed Forces’ various branches (land, air, navy and air defense), participated with active forces and planned officers in the commanding of the drill, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The participation of the Saudi armed forces was an effective, influential and distinguished participation in the exercise with the recognition of that by the drills command due to the good training, development and advanced qualification of officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers.
Commander of the Saudi forces participating in the exercise Brigadier General Jaafar bin Hadi Al-Qahtani said that the exercise accomplished many objectives, including developing the participants' ability to plan and execute joint operations, and exchange experiences between the Saudi armed forces and their counterparts in other forces.
Meanwhile, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan received on Thursday Commander of the US Central Command General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr, and his accompanying delegation.
The meeting covered military cooperation between Jordan and the United States, according to Petra News Agency.
Regional and international efforts to counter terrorism within a holistic approach were also discussed.
Adviser to His Majesty for Communication and Coordination Bisher Khasawneh and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Major General Yousef Hneiti attended the meeting.
For his part, the Chairman of the Jordanian Joint Chiefs-of-Staff, Major General Yousef Huneiti, also received Thursday General Kenneth McKenzie and his accompanying delegation.
During the meeting, Huneiti and McKenzie discussed the latest regional and international developments, prospects of military cooperation and coordination, and means of boosting bilateral relations to best serve the two countries' armed forces.
On the sidelines of his visit, McKenzie attended the 2019 “Eager Lion”. The military training drill kicked off in Jordan on Sunday, August 25, and concluded on September 5, with 8,000 participants from Jordan, the U.S. and 27 other countries.