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Saudi King Salman patronizes closing maneuver of North Thunder Exercise

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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld, Jumada Al-Akhir 1, 1437, March 10, 2016) The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud patronized at King Khalid Military City in the Northern Region in Hafr Al-Baten, in the presence of Emirs, Presidents, Premiers and Ministers, the closing maneuver of North Thunder Exercise in which a number of brotherly countries participated, Saudi Press Agency reported. A significant number of leaders from Islamic countries such as Pakistan, Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait took part in the official closing ceremony.

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Upon the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' arrival at the headquarters of the exercise, he was received by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, and the Chief of General staff, General Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan. Upon the King's arrival, he received Emirs, Presidents, Premiers and Ministers including Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of State of Kuwait; Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of State of Qatar; President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Arab Republic of Egypt; President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir of the Republic of Sudan; President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal; President Air Lieutenant General Idriss Deby Anto of the Republic of Chad; President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania; President Ismail Omar Guelleh of the Republic of Djibouti; President Dr. Ikililou Dhoinine of United Comoros Republic; President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi of Republic of Yemen; Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif; Moroccan Prime Minister Abdulilah Benkirane; Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince , Deputy Supreme Commander and first Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain; Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Land and Minister of Islamic Affairs and Hajj of the Republic of Mauritius Shaukat Sudhn; Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein; Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Hareb AlBusaidi, Minister responsible for Defense Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman; Commander of the Armed Forces of Malaysia Zu Al-Kifli Mohammed Zain; Minister of Defense and National Security of Maldives Adam Sharif; Commander of Armed Forces of Brunei Major General Baheen Muhammad Tawih; Turkish Minister of National Defense Ismet Yilmaz; and Minister and Personal Representative of the President of Republic of Tunisia Al-Azhar Al-Karoui Chebbi.

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They were also received by Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Region; Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his guests sat at the main podium for the closing maneuver of North Thunder Exercise. The speech ceremony on this occasion started with a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.

The Chief of General Staff and Commander of the Exercise General Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan delivered a speech in which he, in his name and on behalf of the personnel of Saudi Armed Forces and Arab and Islamic forces participating in the North Thunder Exercise, welcomed the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his guests at the conclusion of the events of the joint exercise.


General Al-Bunyan said, ''Allah Almighty bestowed on our homelands many blessings including the blessing of security and stability which the leaders are keen on maintaining and due to their wise visions, the largest Arab and Islamic military gathering being witnessed in the region has been achieved, as participants in this exercise included joint military forces from 20 Arab and Islamic states in response to the invitation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to participate in this exercise preceded by holding conferences to develop the concept and planning; and the arrival of troops to the gathering area took three days and training on the mission took within 15 days''.

He described the exercise as one of the largest military exercises in terms of the number of participating troops and the widening zone of military operations that cover the presumptive theater of northern region operations, which coincides with implementation of the field exercise in the sectors of operational responsibility of the northern border to be followed tomorrow by a military parade of all participating countries.

General Al-Bunyan pointed out that the exercise aimed at boosting the unity of ranks, warding off the dangers facing Arab and Islamic nations, maintaining the security and stability and raising the levels of combating readiness.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his guests listened to explanation about the exercise and the distribution of forces during the exercise. Following that, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques launched the signal for starting the closing maneuver of North Thunder Exercise.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Emirs, Presidents, Premiers and Ministers watched joint military hypotheses in which various land, air and defense forces from the brotherly countries united and those hypotheses simulate potential air and land confrontations with any enemy, destroy these targets and repulse any aggression.

At the end of the closing maneuver, commemorative photos were taken and a number of senior officers greeted the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his guests.

The closing maneuver was attended by a number of princes, ministers, ambassadors of brotherly countries, senior officers of participating forces and officials.