Although the UAE’s forces are not taking part in Blue Flag, the chief is visiting as an observer
The United Arab Emirates’ Air Force Major General Ibrahim Nasser Mohammed al Alawi touched down in Israel for a visit during the country’s massive “Blue Flag” military exercise.
Although the UAE’s forces are not actually taking part in the drill, al-Alawi was welcomed by Israel’s military for his first official visit since the Abraham Accords normalized ties between the two nations.
The official was greeted with an honor guard reception managed by Israel’s Air Force Commander Major General Amikam Nurkin at the country’s Palmachim Air Force Base.
A statement released by Israel’s military announced the pair of military leaders discussed opportunities for future collaboration between their respective air forces at the event.
“I thank you, Maj. Gen. Al Alawi, for this visit to Israel. This is a truly historic day with tremendous significance for the future of cooperation between our air forces," Nurkin said.
Blue Flag was described by Israel’s Air Force as the country’s “largest and most advanced aerial exercise to date.”
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It is scheduled to continue until October 28, the drill runs for a period of two weeks.
The event hosts aerial branches of militaries from around the world, and this year forces from India, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Greece and the United States are in attendance.