A delegation from the UAE Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces, led by Major General Pilot Isaac Saleh Mohammed Al Baloushi (photo), Head of the Executive Administration for Industries and Defense Capacities Development at the Ministry of Defense, attended the launch of the 15th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, LIMA 2019, taking place in Langkawi, Malaysia.
The Exhibition was inaugurated by the Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Mahathir bin Mohammed.
Al Baloushi and the Emirati delegation toured the exhibition, which included the pavilions of several countries and regional and international companies that specialize in aerial and maritime defense industries, Emirates News Agency WAM reported.
He also met with Liu Xin Tang, Deputy Minister of Defense of Malaysia, and First Lt. Tan Seri Dato, Commander of the Malaysian Royal Air Force, to discuss their developing defense cooperation.
The parties discussed issues of mutual concern, and the delegation conveyed the greetings of the Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs, and Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief-of-Staff of the UAE Armed Forces to the Malaysian officials.
Al Baloushi and the UAE delegation also attended an official reception that was held on the sidelines of the exhibition, under the patronage of Mahathir bin Mohammed and the ministers of defense and transport, where they met with several participating delegations and discussed their joint cooperation.
Furthermore, a Kuwaiti delegation headed by Kuwaiti Naval Force Major General Khaled Al-Kandari, has taken part at LIMA 2019, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
The Kuwaiti delegation’s aim was to learn about the latest techniques in the field of maritime and air defense, Major General Al-Kandari told KUNA.
Al-Kandari stressed the importance of participating in such exhibitions to become acquainted with the latest developments in the military arena, adding that the Kuwaiti forces participate annually in many events and international conferences in this area.
The biennial LIMA exhibition is one of the most influential shows within the maritime and aerospace industries, he said, where 390 military and commercial companies from 31 countries are participating at this exhibition.
The Kuwaiti delegation also included Assistant Commander of the Kuwaiti Air Force Air Commander Dakhil Al-Mutairi, and attended by Kuwait’s Ambassador to Malaysia Saad Al-Asousi.
The exhibition hosts numerous business meetings, talks and seminars related to air and maritime defense in the presence of senior military leaders from several countries, including Australia, Belarus, China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States.