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Egypt announces end of Sky Guardians 1 manoeuvre with Pakistan

Soldiers disembark off an Egyptian Air Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter during the "Guardians of the Nile" joint military drill between Egypt and Sudan in the Um Sayyala area, northwest of Khartoum, on May 31, 2021. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP) (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via Getty Images)
Soldiers disembark off an Egyptian Air Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter on 31 May 2021 [ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images]

The Egyptian Army announced on Friday the conclusion of the Sky Guardians 1 air manoeuvre, held in cooperation with Pakistan for the first time in the country.

On 26 May, Egypt announced launching a joint military exercise with Pakistan to: "Work on securing airspace and defending vital targets."

According to a statement issued by Egyptian military spokesperson Brigadier General Tamer Al-Rifai: "The activities of the Sky Guardians 1 joint drill held by the Egyptian and Pakistani air defence forces for the first time in Egypt have been concluded."

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The statement indicated that the military exercises included: "Launching missiles towards air targets and firing anti-aircraft artillery in the direction of ground and air targets, with the aim of detecting, identifying, handling and destroying hostile targets."

Commander of the Pakistan Air Force, Lieutenant-General Uz Zaman Khan, stressed: "The joint drill carried out with the Egyptian Air Force reflects the strategic partnership and cooperation between the two countries," according to the statement.

The region, which has been undergoing a proliferation of armed conflicts, has witnessed the implementation of numerous joint military exercises, either between Arab countries or with Western countries, especially in recent months.

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