Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, Commander of Peninsula Shield force, Staff Major General Mutlaq Bin Salim Al-Azima, chiefs of staff of GCC member countries and Jordan, commanders and VIPs were also present.
“These full preparedness and professionalism of Kuwaiti and other GCC forces are a source of pride for GCC people and leaderships.” Sheikh Jaber conveyed to the participating forces greetings from the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah The exercises saw training operations within the system of joint defense of the land, air, sea and air defense forces of the GCC.
“The impressive success of this maneuver is the fruit of non-stop cooperation among GCC militaries and the high professionalism and well training of GCC forces personnel,” Al-Azima said.
Al-Azima also described the Peninsula Shield as a force of stability and peace in the region.
“The GCC forces do not flex muscles or impose a threat on any country, but rather it is a force of stability and peace in the region and the whole world, as it is led by wise peace-loving leaders,” he said.
He stressed that the Peninsula Shield-9 exercise in Kuwait is pre-scheduled and has nothing to do with recent developments in the region.
“Peninsula Shield annual exercises were planned in advance till 2024,” he said, adding that the tenth military maneuver will be held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.