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Reception honors soldiers of ‘Pearl of the West’ military exercises
December 1, 2018, 4:24 pm

Ambassador of France to Kuwait H.E.  Marie Masdupuy hosted a reception at the embassy on 27 November in honor of soldiers participating in the sixth edition of the ‘Pearl of the West’ military exercises conducted by French and Kuwait army personnel. In her speech, Ambassador Masdupuy said that the military exercises between the French and Kuwait armies is held every four years with the aim of boosting combat readiness of the troops.

She said, “We are now living in a time of tough challenges, especially in the region, where war has been raging and tearing apart countries. This year’s military exercise is historic because France has never deployed such a large number of military personnel in an exercise before.”

She lauded Kuwait for its hospitality, stating, “We are touched by the hospitality and confidence bestowed to us by our Kuwaiti partners, which reflects the depth of our relationship. The current number of military personnel from France in Kuwait is above 1,000. Approximately half of them are coming from our base in the UAE and the rest directly from France.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank both the head of this military exercise and the top military men and personnel of both countries for the extensive contribution to making ‘Pearl of the West 2018’ military exercises a great success. Our deep gratitude goes to the Kuwait armed forces and on behalf of our Chief of Staff, I would like to express our sincerest gratitude to General Mohammad Al-Dhafiri for the conduct of the exercise,” she added.

The two-week Kuwaiti-French military exercises concluded on Saturday, and during the time military exercises were held at Camp Udaira’s shooting range, while the Kuwaiti navy and the French frigate Cassard participated in several naval exercises.


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