Joint Egypt-UAE maritime exercises in Red Sea end: Spokesperson
Ahmed Mohamed Ali ,Egypt's Military spokesman - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Egyptian-Emirati joint maritime exercises labeled Khalifa 1 which were being held in the Red Sea ended Sunday, said Egypt’s military spokesperson Ahmed Mohamed Ali.

In light of enhancing the bilateral relations between both countries and exchanging experiences, the exercises were conducted in the Red Sea, which marks the first time they were held in Egyptian territory, Ali added in a statement published on the official Facebook page.

The exercises included operations of sea surveying against hostile objectives and performances by Egyptian and Emirati vessels to avoid piracy, he said.

The joint forces trained on shooting live ammunition to destroy ground and aerial targets in order to secure offshore units, Ali noted.

The military drills also focused on the detection of hostile submarines by using well-equipped helicopters, said Ali, adding that the exercises lasted for several days.

On June 9, the Egyptian maritime army held joint exercises with its French counterpart in the French territorial waters, according to a statement from the spokesperson.

Emirates is one of three Gulf States, the others being Saudi Arabia and Kuwait that granted Egypt financial aid since the ouster of the Former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013 by the army after mass protests called for the end of his regime on June 30.

In total, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE have pledged over $12 billion in loans and donations since July, Reuters reported May 31.

“UAE wants its international partners to join the efforts for repairing Egypt’s shattered economy,” Reuters quoted UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed at a news conference in Abu Dhabi in the presence of his German counterpart.

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