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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 March 2019

Egyptian and British forces conduct joint military exercise

Britain's ambassador said the two countries stood ready to fight terrorism

Egyptian tanks take part in a military exercise northwest of the capital Cairo on November 15, 2018. AFP.
Egyptian tanks take part in a military exercise northwest of the capital Cairo on November 15, 2018. AFP.

British and Egyptian troops have begun a month-long military exercise called ‘AHMOSE’ as the two countries strengthen their counter terrorism cooperation. Some 165 British military personnel are expected to be involved following a ceremony on Tuesday at Mohamed Naguib base in Alexandria.

A British government statement said it sought to enhance defence cooperation with Egypt and and improve the “sharing of expertise in warfare scenarios”.

“Egypt and the UK face the shared enemy of terrorism, which is threatening the stability of the region and the world. We know that in order to defeat this threat we must work together and share best practice in realistic scenarios,” said British

Ambassador to Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams.

“We are learning from each other and building on the strategic security relationship with Egypt, a strong partner and ally in the region,” said British Defence Attaché to Egypt Colonel Ed Sandry.

It comes a year after Britain and Egypt’s defence ministries signed a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake joint military exercises to bolster their counter terrorism cooperation.

Updated: March 5, 2019 08:00 PM

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