Interior Minister Hicham Fourati met Thursday in Tunis with Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Tunisia Mohammed Bin Mahmoud Al-Ali.
The meeting focused on security co-operation and ways to develop it, particularly in the field of continuing training and exchange of expertise, according to a statement from the Interior Ministry.
A joint military exercise between the Air Forces of Tunisia and Saudi Arabia was launched on Monday at the Sidi Ahmed military base in Bizerte.
It will continue until 12 October as part of strengthening the Tunisian-Saudi military cooperation.
In this connection, Defence Minister Abdelkrim Zbidi welcomed the successful joint military exercise between the Tunisian and Saudi air forces after his meeting Thursday with Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Commander of the Saudi Royal Air Forces.
The joint exercises are aimed at “increasing the combat readiness of pilots” and “sharing experiences in the field of logistics and technical support,” said the National Defence Department.
The Minister said this exercise will be followed by another involving Special Forces and focusing on health logistics that will be conducted later.
Zbidi expressed the hope that military cooperation between the two countries will develop more qualitatively and quantitatively.
The Commander of the Saudi Royal Air Forces said the military exercise is “extremely beneficial” for the Air Forces of both countries, reaffirming his country’s willingness to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the military field.