Amid tensions with Iran, Saudi Arabia Navy launches joint maritime drills

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Amid tensions with Iran, Saudi Arabia Navy launches joint maritime drills

DOHA - Amid tensions with Iran, Saudi Arabia Naval Force launches joint naval drills with Red Sea Nations.

The Red Waves naval exercise got underway in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, the commander of its Jeddah-based Western Fleet told the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

"Naval forces from Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti, Yemen, Somalia and Saudi Arabia as well as Royal Saudi Air Force planes are involved in the drills", Saqr Harbi told Asharq al-Awsat.

The exercise will wrap up on 26 September.

Its goal is to bolster maritime security of the Red Sea nations, strengthen their cooperation and protect regional waters, he added.

Middle East