In a reflection of the ever-closer defence ties between Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the two countries are holding their third military exercise in eight months.

The Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 12 October that Defence Minister General Sedki Sobhi had attended a ceremony to see off soldiers who would participate in the Exercise ‘Siham al-Haq’ (Right Arrows).

The MoD released a video showing Gen Sobhi addressing more than 200 soldiers before they embarked on C-130 transport aircraft. The video said the exercise would “underscore the strategic partnership and co-operation between Egypt and the UAE”. […]