Saudi Arabia’s Chief of General Staff General Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili headed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s delegation to Dragon Group’s annual meeting which was held Tuesday at Lancaster House in London, UK, in response to the invitation of General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defense Staff of the United Kingdom.
The meeting discussed means of achieving joint military coordination and defense cooperation between the participating countries to tackle different challenges and threats through adapting a common approach, contributing to counter-terrorism, anti-piracy and counter-smuggling operations in order to preserve the security and stability of the region.
General Fayyad Al-Ruwaili said that such meetings boost joint military action and find the best means to strengthen and increase cooperation and cohesion among participating countries, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The meeting included the participation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Republic of Iraq, Arab Republic of Egypt, State of Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Sultanate of Oman, State of Kuwait, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the United Kingdom.
General Sir Nick Carter said that the meeting is “a tremendous opportunity to discuss common challenges, share best practice and take a view on how we chart a common approach to the future", adding that it helps strengthen the UK’s partnerships with its allies towards dealing with common threats to regional and global security.”
The meeting discussed ways to enhance military coordination and defense cooperation between the participating countries to overcome the various challenges and perils that threaten the region by unifying efforts to mount more successful counter-terrorism, anti-piracy and counter-smuggling operations that help maintain the security and stability of the region.
Meanwhile, a UAE Ministry of Defense (MoD) delegation, headed by Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, participated in the annual Dragon Group meeting, Emirates news agency WAM reported.
For his part, Bahrain’s National Security Adviser and Commander of the Royal Guard His Highness Major General Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa headed the kingdom’s delegation at the annual Dragon Group meeting, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
HH Shaikh Nasser stressed that these meetings push for further advancement of joint military action and find the best ways to enhance the effectiveness of cooperation and coherence between the participating countries by unifying the common approaches and concepts in the military matter and be updated with important developments in the region.