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Qatar, U.S. forces in 3rd joint military exercises since gulf crisis
From:Xinhua  |  2017-10-16 16:14

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DOHA, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Qatar's Joint Special Forces launched training exercises with the U.S. Special Forces on Sunday, as part of the continuing military cooperation between the two countries, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported Monday.

The joint training exercises for 2017-18 are a continuation of the exercise plan implemented in the beginning of the year between Qatar and the U.S., the report said.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Joint Special Forces Brigadier General Hamad Abdullah al-Fetais al-Marri and Col David Keesey, Military Attache at the U.S. embassy.

Al-marri said that the launching of a full year joint training exercise programme in partnership with the U.S. Special Forces will boost the depth of cooperation and defense coordination between the two sides, besides the keenness of the Ministry of Defence to keep abreast of the modern trends in the military field of all sisterly and friendly countries.

The American officer told reporters that the relationship between the two countries is very important. "There is no security for America without the security of Qatar. Such training is part of our co-operation," Col David Keesey added.

Sunday's U.S.-Qatari military exercise is the third since the onset of the Gulf crisis, following paratroopers training exercise in August and naval exercises in June.