Sisi, King Salman to witness close of military exercise
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) meets Saudi King Salman in Sharm el-Sheikh - Reuters

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al Sisi will travel to Saudi Arabia to witness the closing of ‘Thunder of the North’ military drill Thursday, Youm7 reported.

“Egypt’s participation in the maneuver aims at unifying training concepts among the concerned troops, reaching the highest efficiency rates, and improving training in responding to the threat posed by terrorist groups in the region,” Major General Fekry Imam, Head of the Egyptian troops taking part in the maneuver was quoted by Al Akhbar.

Ground, air and naval forces from more than 20 countries, including five Gulf Arab states, participate in the drill that kicked off Feb. 28 in northeastern Saudi Arabia city of Hafr Al Baten.

In a recorded address aired by state television in Feb. 2015, Sisi asserted the need to form a “joint Arab military force amid growing threat of extremisms in the region.”

During the visit, Sisi is scheduled to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and discuss regional and international issues of common interest.

Sisi is also scheduled to meet with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who is scheduled to arrive in Cairo Wednesday.

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