Egypt launched the joint military exercise “Hercules-2” on Sunday, with the participation of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Greece, and Cyprus.
Jordan, the United States of America, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Bahrain also participate in the exercise as observers, Daily News Egypt reported.
The exercise will last for several days at the Mohamed Najib military base and the training areas in the Northern Military Region.
Khaled Ahmed Shawki, Head of the Armed Forces exercise commission, delivered a speech in which he pointed to the importance of joint training to upgrade combat capabilities and unify visions to face common challenges.
He said that the General Command of the Armed Forces was keen on good preparation and high-level planning for all training procedures, and was keen on the participation of experts from the International Committee of the Red Cross in training to consolidate respect for the rules of international humanitarian law governing armed conflicts.
For his part, the Military Spokesman for the Egyptian Armed Forces, Colonel Gharib Abdelhafeez, explained, in a statement, that the training, which lasts for several days, includes procedures for the integration and acquaintance of the participating forces to unifying concepts, an exhibition of weapons and equipment used in training, as well as lectures in the fields of cybersecurity and international humanitarian law.
Abdelhafeez indicated that the training comes as a continuation of the development and strengthening of military relations between Egypt and brotherly and friendly countries, with the aim of developing and consolidating the foundations of military cooperation, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The first stage of the training includes the opening ceremony, the procedures for integrating and familiarizing the participating forces to unify the concepts, an exhibition of weapons and equipment used in the training, as well as holding lectures in the fields of cybersecurity and international humanitarian law.
The Hercules-2 training is a continuation of the development and strengthening of military relations between Egypt and brotherly and friendly countries with the aim of developing and consolidating the foundations of military cooperation and developing joint work to contribute to the exchange of experiences using all weapons and equipment with advanced technology.