Sisi attends final stage of joint Egypt-UAE military maneuver
General of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, UAE received Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday, during his first visit to the United Arab Emirates as defense minister, military spokesperson Ahmed Ali said on his official Facebook page.

The military spokesperson stated that Sisi is visiting the UAE to attend the final stage of the Zayed1 tactical maneuver, which is carried out jointly by Egypt-UAE armed forces.

Zayed 1 is the first tactical training program between both countries, and is hosted by the UAE. Air and naval forces participated in the training, which began on March 2, and included lectures and surveying areas.

Sisi’s visit to UAE came after managing director of UAE ArabTec Construction Hassan Abdullah Smeek’s visit to Egypt to sign an agreement for constructing one million housing units for low-income citizens.

During a March 9 conference held between Smeek and Head of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces Taher Abdullah, Smeek said that the project was still “being discussed and studied.”

The Armed Forces stated that the housing project includes short-term plans to improve the lives of the poor and to provide job opportunities for the youth. Both the public and private sectors are expected to contribute to the project’s implementation.

Both the housing project and the military program come within the context of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain’s decision on March 3 to withdraw their ambassadors from Doha due to its foreign policies in the region, according to a statement issued by the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The three Gulf States announced in a joint press statement reported by the Qatar News Agency on March 6 that their decision came in protest of the Qatari government’s support to Muslim Brotherhood, which was designated as “terrorist” group by the Egyptian government on Dec. 25, and by Saudi Arabia on March 7.

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