CAIRO: Both Egyptian and Bahraini air forces performed training in the former’s air space as a part of the “Hamad 1” maneuver, the Bahraini official news agency reported on Sunday.
The agency reported that the maneuver included tactical joint trainings as both armies showed high expertise in their performance, the agency said.
Egypt is currently performing a series of maneuvers with Gulf countries over the ongoing regional challenges; Saudi Arabia launched a military campaign to curb the Houthi group in Yemen after it took power in February and ousted the Saudi-allied president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The Saudi-led alliance is composed of Egypt, Jordan and all gulf countries except Oman.
Last month, Both Saudi Arabia and Egypt signed an agreement of performing what they described “a huge strategic maneuver” on Saudi lands participated in by Gulf countries.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has vowed repetitively to protect the gulf’s “national security,” as some analysts have said that Sisi’s commitment is related to the political and economic support Egypt gained from the majority of gulf countries after the Egyptian military intervened to oust Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.