Egyptian and Bahraini Special Forces continued joint training exercises in the Arabian Gulf, which is expected to last for “several days”.
“The training includes the implementation of several activities,” said Egypt’s armed forces spokesman in a Tuesday statement. The troops are expected to participate in simulated exercises, such combating terrorism, freeing hostages and storming hijacked vehicles, as well training in engagement, “self-defence, martial arts… and dealing with improvised explosive devices”.
The spokesman said the training exercise “comes in the context of the armed forces’ training plan for joint training with sisterly and friendly countries for the transfer and exchange of experiences”.
This is the second joint exercise Egypt and Bahrain have conducted in as many months. Representatives of Egypt’s Air Force travelled to Bahrain in April to participate in joint exercises intended to deepen relations between the two countries.
Bahrain’s foreign ministry said on Monday, amidst Egypt’s presidential election, that it is following the polling closely and that it hopes “for Egypt to continue its leading and natural role in the region”.
Bahrain, along with other Gulf States Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, has been a staunch supporter of Egypt’s interim government since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi last summer.