JERUSALEM (Dec. 29)
Gen. David Jones, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff has invited Egypt to send units of its air force for joint exercises with the U.S. Air Force in Nevada next year, the Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported in Cairo yesterday. Jones is on a four-day visit to Egypt to inspect that country’s military installations and discuss its arms requirements.
According to the MENA report, he extended the invitation to Egyptian Defense Minister Ahmed Bodawi but no date was mentioned for the joint exercises in the Nevada desert. A squadron of U.S. F-15 fighters visited Egypt three months ago for desert training and 1500 American troops participated in military exercises with Egyptian armed forces in the western desert last month.
Jones reportedly said that experience had been useful and he hoped it could be repeated.