U.A.E. Chief of Armed Forces Staff, Egyptian Defence Minister hold talks

CAIRO: Staff Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the U.A.E. Armed Forces and the delegation accompanying him, today here held talks with Minister of Defence and Military Production of Egypt, Lt. General Sedki Sobhi.

The Egyptian Armed Forces said in a statement that the official visit of the U.A.E. delegation coincides with the launch of joint U.A.E.-Egyptian naval exercise codenamed ‘Khalifa 1’ on the regional waters in the Red Sea.

Lt. General Sobhi stressed keenness of the Egyptian Armed Forces on strengthening the military cooperation and joint action with all Arab sisterly countries, commending the supportive attitudes of the U.A.E. to Egypt, which demonstrate the strength of ties between the two fraternal peoples.

For his part, Lt. General Al Rumaithi said Egypt represents the strategic depth of Arab security and stability, noting that the next period would see more military cooperation, and exchange of expertise between the armed forces of the two countries.

Earlier Lt. General Mahmoud Hijazi, Chief of Staff of Egyptian Armed Forces met Lt. General Al Rumaithi and the delegation accompanying him. The meeting was attended by a number of senior officers, U.A.E. Ambassador to Egypt, Mohammed bin Nakhaira Al Dhahiri.

The two sides discussed a number of issues of mutual interest in the light of military cooperation ties between the two armed forces of both countries.