Kuwaiti-Frenech military exercise, dubbed as the “Pearl of the West 2014” concluded in Kuwait on Thursday 27 November, with Kuwaiti Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Lt. Gen. Mohammad Khaled Al-Khoder (photo) and French Ambassador in Kuwait Christian Nakhla attending, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.
The Kuwaiti General boasted that the Kuwaiti Army personnel had achieved a high level of training and preparedness during the drill, saying the country's military command is keen to provide continuing development to military personnel, according to a statement released by the Army's Moral Guidance Directorate.
He urged everybody to work hard for the interest of the nation, wishing Kuwait everlasting national security and stability under the wise leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, it said.
The Kuwaiti-French exercise, which began on November 15, has realized the goals of training, concept of military cooperation, planning and operations, the statement added.
The joint drill involved contributions from the Land, Sea, and Air Forces of Kuwaiti and French Armies, and was carried out upon an agreement signed previously by both nations. The first edition of the Pearl of West drill was held in 1996.
Separately, Kuwait’s Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Mohammad Al-Khoder held talks Thursday with Commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) General Lloyd J. Austin on the issues of common interest.
In a press statement, the Army's Moral Guidance Department said that Lt. Gen. Al-Khoder lauded, during the meeting, the depth of relations and the eagerness of both sides to develop it.
The meeting was attended by US Ambassador to Kuwait Douglas A. Silliman, Director of the Ali Sabah Military Academy Major General Ahmad Al-Omair, Deputy Air Force Commander Colonel Abdullah Al-Foodari and Commander of Joint Operations Colonel Mohammad Al-Kanderi.