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Egypt and Saudi Arabia enjoy deep military relations.

This is reflected in periodical exchange visits between the leaders and military officials in both countries to share views, experiences, military, security and intelligence information of interest to the two countries.

There are joint training maneuvers by the armies of the two countries such as "Tabuk" for the Infantry Forces, "Faisal" for the Air Force and "Morgan" for the Naval Forces of the two countries.

The mutual statements between the officials of the two countries express the mutual realization of the importance of consolidating the two countries, efforts to face up the common dangers and that the security of the Gulf is part and parcel of Egypt's security.

On 22/11/2020, the joint training activities (Saif Al Arab) were launched in the Arab Republic of Egypt, with the participation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Democratic Republic of Sudan.

Its activities continued until November 26, 2020, in the combat training fields of the Muhammad Naguib military base and the air and sea training areas in the northern military region.

The arrival of all forces and equipment to the participating countries was completed through the air bases and sea ports, with all preventive and precautionary measures taken during the arrival of the forces and equipment participating in the training.

The first stages of training included indoctrination procedures and a method of organizing cooperation to unify concepts and refine skills to manage joint tasks with the required accuracy and at the specified times, during the implementation of all training tasks to achieve the maximum possible benefit from training and to bring the joint forces in training to a high and professional level in managing combat operations. The forces coordinate among the various naval, air and land weapons.

“Saif Al-Arab” training comes as a continuation to the development and strengthening of military relations between Egypt and the brotherly Arab countries, given that it is considered one of the most sophisticated exercises carried out at the level of the Arab world with the aim of developing and consolidating the foundations of military cooperation and developing joint work between the Egyptian armed forces and the armed forces of brotherly Arab countries, using all the weapons and equipment with advanced technology.

On October 10, 2018, the joint Saudi-Saudi training activities (Tabuk-4) started in the southern military zone in Egypt.

On July25, 2018, Troops from the Egyptian naval forces have launched joint exercises named “The Eagle Response 2018” with troops from the US, Saudi Arabia, and  the UAE .The drills took place in the Red Sea, and troops from South Korea, Pakistan, and Jordan took part as observers.

On April 18, 2018, Lieutenant General Mohammed Farid, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, headed a military delegation to Saudi Arabia, during which he attended the final day of the joint training "Gulf Shield 1". Farid held a meeting with officials of the Saudi Defense Ministry. The two sides discussed ways to strengthen cooperation and military relations between the Armed Forces of both countries in many fields.

On April 14, 2018, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi witnessed the conclusion of "Joint Gulf Shield 1" drill held in the Eastern Region in Saudi Arabia under the patronage of King Salman bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud in the presence of a number of leaders of sisterly and friendly countries participating in the one-month exercise.

On 14/4/2015, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdelaziz al Saud to review latest developments of the Saudi-led Operation Decisive Storm seeking stability  in Yemen.The Saudi minister hailed Cairo's supportive stance on the military operation, highlighting key role  played by the Egyptian navy.

On 10/4/2015, Defense Minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhi held a meeting with his Saudi counterpart Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss military cooperation. The meeting took up the latest developments of the military operations led by Saudi Arabia and means of enhancing the military action.

On 14/2/2015, The Egyptian Naval Forces and Saudi Royal Naval Forces started the main stage of the joint naval drill "Morjan 15" in the Red Sea. Egyptian and Saudi naval units undertook force deployment in the Red Sea and held joint tactical maneuvers in formations and air defense drills. Navy ships, helicopters, speedboats, submarines and maritime security units  took  part in the maneuvers.Egypt and Saudi Arabia relations are characterized by deeply-rooted military cooperation.

The two sides participated in the war to liberate Kuwait in 1991.

The naval maneuvers strengthened the strategic partnership and military cooperation between Egypt and Saudi Arabia to establish security and stability in the region and realize the common interests of both countries, as well as develop the capacity of participating forces from both sides to safeguard the security of navigation in the Red Sea against any threats as an important international corridor for the global economy.

The military training includes thwarting the risks, which intercept the commercial vessels and naval units

In 1991, there were military participation between the two sides during the liberation of Kuwait war.

The military relations have witnessed a number of mutual military visits between leaders and military officials in both countries to exchange points of view, experiences and military, security and intelligence information.

The joint training exercises of the two countries, includes "Tabuk" for the ground forces and "Faisal" for the air forces and "Morgan" for the naval forces.

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