The Egyptian army spokesman, Colonel Tamer Al-Rifai, announced, on Saturday, the arrival of Egyptian armed forces to Sudan, to participate in an air training entitled “Nile Eagles 1”.
This is the first training session, and it comes with the continuing Egyptian and Sudanese concerns about the negative effects of the Ethiopian “Renaissance Dam” file crisis, on the two countries’ share of the Nile water, and the suspension of the solution negotiations.
Al-Rifai said, “Units from the Sudanese Air Force and elements of the Egyptian Thunderbolt arrived at the Meroe base, to participate in the implementation of the Egyptian-Sudanese air training, the Nile Eagles-1”.
He explained that “this training takes place for the first time between the two countries, and will continue until November 26,” without mentioning the number of participating forces or the start date. However, the attached pictures indicate the start of joint lectures for the forces.
Al-Rifai added that the training will witness “the implementation of many activities and events, including the planning and management of joint combat operations between the Egyptian and Sudanese air forces.”
He added that the training also witnessed “the training of multi-role fighters from both sides on the implementation of a number of offensive and defensive sorties on the targets subject of the training, and the training of the Thunderbolt forces on combat search and rescue work.”
The Egyptian army spokesman pointed out that the training comes within the framework of “enhancing the ability to run joint air operations using various air weapons.”
On the 31st of last October, two-day military talks were launched between the Sudanese and Egyptian armies in the capital, Khartoum, to discuss cooperation and reach common visions about the interests of the two countries.
The talks were attended at that time by the Sudanese army chief of staff, Muhammad Othman al-Hussein, and his Egyptian counterpart, Muhammad Farid Hegazy, according to a statement by the Sudanese army.
And recently, US President Donald Trump warned, during a phone call he had with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, about the possibility that Egypt would go to blow up the dam, a threat that Ethiopia rejected, and Cairo has not yet commented on, amid previous assurances that indicate its adherence to the solution. Political and military exclusion.
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