Five Arab states join Egypt in military maneuvers

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Saudi Arabian forces arrive in Egypt for Arab Shield exercises. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian forces arrive in Egypt for Arab Shield exercises. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian forces arrive in Egypt for Arab Shield exercises. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian forces arrive in Egypt for Arab Shield exercises. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabian forces arrive in Egypt for Arab Shield exercises. (SPA)
Updated 04 November 2018
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Five Arab states join Egypt in military maneuvers

CAIRO: Armed forces from five Arab countries joined Egypt’s military on Saturday at the start of 13 days of maneuvers aimed at reinforcing their joint combat capabilities.

The exercises in Egypt, called Arab Shield 1, are taking place at the Mohammed Najib Military Base and joint Mediterranean air and sea training zones.

Forces from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan are taking part, with Morocco and Lebanon as observers.

The maneuvers will allow the armed forces to “develop military relations, face common challenges and support efforts toward security and stability in the region,” said Col. Tamer Rifai, spokesman for the Egyptian Armed Forces.

“The training aims to develop joint action among Arab countries,” he said. 

“They will gain mutual experience of fighting in cities and participating in the implementation of Arab training based on the possibility of joint military action.”

Egyptian MP Tareq Hassanein said the exercises sent a strong message that the Arab world recognized the dangers facing it.

The US plans to hold a summit in January to launch a new Arab military alliance, similar to NATO, that will include nine countries led by the Gulf Cooperation Council states, in addition to Egypt, Jordan and the US. The aim is to counter Iranian aggression.


Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

Updated 16 July 2019
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Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

CAIRO: Dr. Khalid Al-Ghamdi, chairman of the Arab Media Standing Committee and general supervisor of foreign media at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Media, called for coordinated Arab efforts to overcome regional challenges particularly the Palestinian issue and terrorism.
Al-Ghamdi was presiding over the committee’s 93rd session held at Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo on Sunday.
He said the meeting discussed a number of key issues including the Arab Media Charter of Honor. It was, Al-Ghamdi said, a continuation of previous meetings to discuss their outcomes and review the results in the light of proposals put forward by different member Arab countries.
The meeting was also attended by Arab League’s Assistant Secretary-General for Social Affairs Ambassador Badr El-Din Alali, Counselor Fawzi Al-Ghwail, director of the technical department of the Council of Arab Information Ministers, representatives of Arab member states, representatives of Arab information ministries and the heads of Arab media agencies and institutions.
Alali said the Palestinian question continues to remain the main issue in addition to the terrorist threats, sustainable development and the Arab image in the West.
“Implementing the Arab Media Strategy and improving media practices using the latest technologies is vital for media to effectively contributing to awareness programs and supporting the region’s vital issues.”
He said the inclusion of the Arab Media Charter of Honor and media education to the agenda is of great importance.
He also express resolve to counter the phenomenon of fake news and that the Arab media is serious about countering this problem.