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Kuwait, France wind up joint drill

KUWAIT, Nov 27 (KUNA) -- The Kuwaiti-Frenech military exercise, dubbed as the "Pearl of the West 2014" concluded up here on Thursday, with Kuwaiti Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Mohammad Khaled Al-Khoder and French Ambassador in Kuwait Christian Nakhla attending.
The Kuwaiti general boasted that the Kuwaiti army personnel had achieved a high level of training and preparedness during the drill, saying the country's military command is keen to provide continuing development to military personnel, according to a statement released by the army's Moral Guidance Directorate.
He urged everybody to work hard for the interest of the nation, wishing Kuwait everlasting national security and stability under the wise leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, it said.
The Kuwaiti-French exercise, which began on November 15, has realized the goals of training, concept of military cooperation, planning and operations, the statement added.
The joint drill involved contributions from the land, sea, and air forces of Kuwaiti and French armies, and was carried out upon an agreement signed previously by both nations. The first edition of the Pearl of West drill was held in 1996. (end) amn.tb.mt