The multinational two-week long military exercise Bright Star 2021 hosted by Egypt was wrapped up on Friday, according to a video statement by Egypt’s Armed Forces Spokesman Gharib Abdel-Hafez.
The drill kicked off on 2 September at Egypt's Mohamed Naguib Military Base in the Northern Military Region with the participation of 20 countries, including Egypt and the US.
The final phase of the drill was attended by Egypt's Defence Minister General Mohamed Zaki, Army Chief of Staff Lt General Mohamed Farid, as well as leaders of the main branches and senior commanders.
A number of senior commanders of the armed forces of countries participating in the drill attended the final stage as well, according to the Egyptian military spokesman.
Defence Minister Zaki conveyed the greetings of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to all 20 friendly and brotherly countries taking part in the exercise.
He also praised the participating forces’ outstanding performance, and their ability to undertake joint tasks in a professional way after making the best use of expertise transfer.
The final phase of the drill's activities, the statement added, included a tactical live-fire shooting project with the participation of the various troops taking part in the drill.
The exercise also included training activities on first aid and field medical evacuation of injured elements by equipped ambulances and helicopters, in addition to the STX training, the CPX training.
Egypt's Army Chief of Staff Lt General Mohamed Farid attended part of the drills in which the participating forces were trained on eradicating a terrorist hotbed, securing a residential area and restoring normalcy.
The Bright Star drill is one of the most important joint training activities the General Command of the Egyptian Armed Forces is keen to implement in order to strengthen military relations between Egypt and many Arab and foreign countries, exchange expertise, and develop the leaders and officers' skills.