Egypt, France conduct joint drills off Alexandria coast

Monday, 7 March, 2016 - 09:45

Egypt and France on Sunday began joint military exercises off the coast of Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria.

In a statement, the Egyptian military said air and naval forces from both countries were taking part in the "Ramses-2016" exercise, which is scheduled to go on for several days.

According to the statement, the French-built Egyptian frigate "Tahya Misr" will participate for the first time in the military drill, which will also see the participation of France’s "Charles de Gaulle" nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

The drill comes amid reports that western countries are gearing up to take military action against militant groups in next-door Libya.