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)
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.


Saudi falconry festival launches photo competition

Updated 19 min 17 sec ago
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Saudi falconry festival launches photo competition

  • The photo competition will offer a first prize of SR50,000 to the winner, with SR30,000 and SR20,000 for second and third places respectively
JEDDAH: A photographic competition with a prize pot of SR100,000 ($27,000) has been launched as part of a major falconry event.
Amateur and professional photographers are eligible to enter the contest at the King Abdul Aziz Falconry Festival, which runs from Jan. 25 to Feb. 3 in the town of Malham, near Riyadh.
The photo competition will offer a first prize of SR50,000 to the winner, with SR30,000 and SR20,000 for second and third places respectively.
Photographers wishing to take part should email one photo only to [email protected] Competition terms and conditions can be viewed by visiting www.saudifalconsclub.org.sa