Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief-of- Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, met Thursday with General Thierry Borcard, Chief- of-Staff of the French Army, as part of his official visit to France.
During the meeting, Lt. General Al Rumaithi and General Bocard discussed the deep bilateral relations and strong coordination between their countries in military and defense fields, which contribute to strengthening cooperation and joint action between them.
The two sides exchanged views on a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern, as well as the latest developments in the region and relevant efforts, Emirates news agency WAM reported.
General Borcard expressed his appreciation of the UAE’s support in evacuating French diplomats and citizens, as well as citizens of many other countries, from Kabul, in addition to its major role in supporting international relief efforts in Afghanistan during the past years.
In another development, a UAE delegation from the Ministry of Defense attended the launch of the 29th International Defense Industry Exhibition (MSPO) in Kielce, southern Poland.
Brigadier Eng. Khalifa Ali Al Kaabi, Head of the Executive Department for Defense Technology and Industries, Ministry of Defense, participated in the opening ceremony along with Poland’s Minister of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak.
Brigadier Eng. Al Kaabi toured several pavilions and reviewed the latest defense technological innovations, weapons and systems at MSPO. He also met with several senior Polish officials and discussed ways of boosting bilateral defense cooperation and tackled a host of issues of mutual interest.
Nearly 400 exhibitors from around the world showcased military equipment ranging from helicopters, armored vehicles, air-defense systems and communication systems to food-stuffs and medical supplies at MSPO which took place from 07-10 September 2021.
MSPO was accompanied by conferences and seminars, including subjects like the consequences of the pandemic for the defense industry.