ABU DHABI, 9th November 2016 (WAM) — The joint military exercise between the UAE and French forces, dubbed ‘Gulf 2016’, has started in the UAE as part of the common defence treaty signed by the two countries.

For several days, the forces from both countries will engage in training to enhance skills of joint operations and to upgrade inter-troop co-ordination and combat capabilities.

The ‘Gulf 2016’ is one in a series of joint exercises which was launched in 1996 and is conducted once every four years, as part of the co-operation agreement which was signed in 1995.

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