Egypt, UAE chiefs of staff discuss military cooperation
Chief of Staff for the Egyptian Armed Forces Mahmoud Hegazy - YOUM7

CAIRO: Egyptian Chief of Staff Mahmoud Higazy met with visiting UAE counterpart Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi and his accompanying delegation Tuesday, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir said in a statement.

During the meeting, the two army leaders discussed continuous coordination on various fronts in the Middle East, a number of issues of mutual interest including strategic partnership and the joint work between the two countries, said Samir.

During the past year, UAE and Egyptian armed forces participated in several joint military exercises aimed at boosting operational readiness of the different units of the two forces.

In mid April, military and naval forces from the two Arab states undertook the “Khalifa II” military drill held off the coast of the UAE.

In March, naval forces from Egypt, the UAE and the U.S. carried out a trilateral military drill codenamed “Eagle Salute” held in the Red Sea.

The UAE is among other Gulf States that backed Egypt following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. It has provided Egypt with billions of U.S. dollars in aid.

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