x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Sheikh Mohammed visits Emirati Peninsula Shield Force unit in Bahrain

The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, was briefed on military tasks yesterday at the Emirati unit of the Peninsula Shield Force in Bahrain.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, on the visit to the Emirati Unit of Peninsula Shield Force in Bahrain yesterday. He later praised the unit's bravery and professionalism. Wam
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, on the visit to the Emirati Unit of Peninsula Shield Force in Bahrain yesterday. He later praised the unit's bravery and professionalism. Wam

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, was briefed on military tasks yesterday at the Emirati unit of the Peninsula Shield Force in Bahrain.

Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Foreign Minister, and Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Interior Minister.

Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, commander-in-chief of the Bahrain Defence Force, greeted the visiting dignitaries and gave them a military briefing, as well as giving them information about the joint tasks.

Sheikh Mohammed praised the unit's personnel for their bravery and professionalism and for fulfilling their national duty successfully and with high proficiency.

Sheikh Mohammed stressed the brotherly relations between the UAE and Bahrain.

At the end of the visit, Sheikh Mohammed was given a photograph of himself with the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, taken in 1973 during a visit to the kingdom.

The Peninsula Shield Force, created in 1982, took part in the liberation of Kuwait during the Gulf War in the early 1990s, and was again sent to Kuwait in 2003 before the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

Last year the force was again called on in Bahrain to help to restore order amid popular unrest.

The Joint Arabian Peninsula Shield Forces conduct regular joint training exercises and tactical drills to maintain combat readiness, according to the Bahrain News Agency.

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