Egypt, Greece, Cyprus defense ministers attend joint military drill in Mediterranean

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Defense ministers of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus on Thursday attended the main phase of an ongoing joint air and naval military drill held in the Egyptian share of the Mediterranean Sea.

The North African country’s military spokesman Tamer al-Refaay confirmed the attendance of the ministers in a statement, saying the phase involved naval and air combat drills.

“The phase involved carrying out several activities including planning and administrating joint air and naval combat operations against threats,” read part of the statement.

Al-Refaay also said that the activities included exercises on carrying out air and sea reconnaissance, blocking hostile targets, coordinating searching and rescuing procedures and exchanging reports and information between concerned units.

Dubbed “Medusa 6,” the joint air and naval drill is said to be “one of the largest” held in the Mediterranean Sea due to the participation of Cyprus for the first time.

“Medusa 6” started on Monday and is expected to last for several days.

Egypt annually holds several military exercises with Arab, African and Western friendly states to boost military cooperation and share military expertise with them.

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