The joint military exercise between the ground forces of the UAE and the United States, dubbed “Iron Union 12”, concluded successfully achieving the desired goals and plans.
The final day of the exercise was attended by Lt. General Saleh Mohammed Saleh Al Ameri, Commander of the UAE Land Forces, and General James C. McConville, US Chief of Staff of the Army (photo), in addition to Senior Commanders and Officers of the armed forces of the two countries.
Lt. General Al Ameri commended the professional skills demonstrated by the forces of the two countries, Emirates news agency WAM reported.
The “Iron Union 12” exercise, which continued for two weeks, lies within the framework of the joint exercises of the UAE Armed Forces with fraternal and friendly countries to enhance their combat skills in a manner consistent with the latest developments, and that reflects their readiness.
The military exercise reflected their combat and professional ability, strengthening the concept of command, control and hitting targets with high precision and a joint conclusion between the two sides.
The exercise was characterized by the seriousness and integration in command and control, the application of combat strategies, unification of joint military concepts and the implementation of all stages of professional training between ground forces with combat and technical capabilities.
This, in turn, gave confidence to the participating forces to carry out any tasks assigned to them to defend the pillars of security and stability in the region.
Earlier, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received on Tuesday General James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of US the Army.
During the meeting, held at Al Shati Palace in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed and General McConville discussed cooperation between the two friendly countries, particularly in defense and military fields.
They also reviewed a number of topics of mutual interest and exchanged views on them.
The meeting was attended by Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, Lt. General Saleh Mohammed Saleh Al Ameri, Commander of the UAE Land Forces and members of the delegation accompanying the Chief of Staff of the US Army.
For his part, Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs, also received Lt. General James C. McConville, US Chief of Staff of the Army, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense in Abu Dhabi.
The meeting was attended by Lt. General Hamad Muhammad Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces, and Mattar Salem Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defense.
During the meeting, Al Bowardi welcomed Lt. General McConville and both sides discussed the cooperation and friendship between their countries, along with ways of reinforcing them, especially in the areas of the military and defense.
They also exchanged their views on current regional developments and events, as well as on regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Al Bowardi also attended the signing of a bilateral strategic agreement between the land forces of the UAE and US, to strengthen their strategic defense and military cooperation and encourage joint action.
The agreement was signed by Major General Saleh Mohamed Saleh Mujren Al Amiri, Commander of the UAE Land Forces, and Lt. General McConnville.
At the end of the meeting, Al Bowardi awarded McConnville the Emirates Military Order (First Class), in recognition of his services to promote joint cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries.
The meeting was also attended by several senior officers from the Ministry and the UAE Armed Forces.