Egypt, France navy vessels carry out joint drills in Red Sea

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A group of French and Egyptian navy vessels took part in extensive joint drills on Sunday to boost cooperation between both armed forces, and maximize mutual benefits.

In a statement, the army said naval forces from both countries carried out a naval training in the Red Sea with the participation of a French warship and a number of Egyptian navy vessels.

“The military exercise aims to enhance the combat capability of both countries to deal with naval threats, including the protection of important shipments and counter-terrorism,” the statement said.

The Red Sea is considered a strategic route for international navigation from the East to Europe and the US through Egypt’s Suez Canal.

The Egyptian army had also conducted another joint training with French military forces last month in the northern Mediterranean Sea.

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