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Saudi forces arrive in Turkish Izmir

TURKEY (OBSERVATORY) – Saudi Arabia has announced the arrival of units of its troops to the city of Izmir in western Turkey, to participate in the exercise “EFES 2018” scheduled to start in May.

The forces participating in the exercise were received by the military attaché of the Saudi Embassy in Ankara, Brigadier General Khaled bin Hussein Al Assaf, and the training commander from the Saudi side Colonel Colonel Abdullah Mohammed Al Duraibi.

“The exercise (EFES 2018) is one of the largest military exercises in terms of the number of participating forces and the diversity of nature and fields of exercise,” Assaf said.

The Saudi diplomat pointed to the participation of a number of countries in the exercise, including the Kingdom represented in the armed forces of its land, air and sea forces.

For his part, Alduraibi said: “The exercise aims to exchange military expertise among the participating countries and train to plan and coordinate joint operations in a different operational environment, increase combat efficiency and enhance military cooperation.”

The “EFES 2018” exercise is scheduled to begin on May 7 and will continue until the 11th.