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Russia, Egypt agree on naval exercise in Mediterranean — Defense Ministry

March 03, 2015, 19:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The parties also agreed to go ahead with the practice of inviting Egyptian military to Russian military exercises in the capacity of observers, the press service says
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Egyptian military during drills

Egyptian military during drills

© AP Photo Archive/Amr Nabil

MOSCOW, 3 March. /TASS/. Russia and Egypt have agreed to hold a naval exercise in the Mediterranean and an anti-terrorist exercise of their rapid reaction forces, the Defense Ministry’s press service said.

As it has been explained, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and the Egyptian Minister of Defense and Military Production Sedki Sobhi reviewed the results of military cooperation last year and considered the outlook for cooperation this year.

"The parties agreed to go ahead with the practice of inviting Egyptian military to Russian military exercises in the capacity of observers and also to hold a naval exercise in the Mediterranean and an anti-terrorist exercise of rapid reaction forces," the Defense Ministry’s press service has said.

Shoigu invited his counterpart to delegate Egyptian military to the international army sports games and the forum Army-2015, to be held in Russia.

"The two men also discussed international and regional security matters," the Defense Ministry said.

Sobhi arrived in Russia on February 28. On Wednesday, March 4 he will meet with Shoigu again at the first meeting of the bilateral commission for military-technical cooperation.

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