Egyptian-American armed forces participating in the Bright Star 2017 trainings, September 10 - Photo courtesy of the official Facebook page of the armed forces spokesperson
CAIRO - 6 September 2018: Forces of countries taking part in the "Bright Star 2018" flowed to Egypt over the past days in preparation for conducting the joint military exercise on September 8 to 20.
The drills will take place at Mohamed Naguib Base, west of Alexandria.
Bright Star also includes maritime war games which will be conducted in the Mediterranean Sea.
Land, naval and air forces from Egypt, US, Greece, Jordan, Britain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Italy and France will take part in the drills.
Several countries, including Lebanon, Rwanda, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, DR Cong, Chad, South Africa, Senegal and Canada, were invited to monitor the exercises.
The drills are meant to exchange expertise among participating forces, hone their skills, develop operations and training mechanisms in combating terrorism, in addition to joint planning and management of military operations and training on confronting maritime security threats.
The exercises also aim at promoting stability in the region.
The Bright Star falls within the framework of joint drills, which the Egyptian Armed Forces conduct to promote military relations with sisterly and friendly states.
The drills also highlight the depth of the military relations between Egypt and the US as well as the strategic partnership binding the two sides.