Qatari military participated in the United Kingdom Gulf Shield simulation in Saudi Arabia, a report by the Al Jazeera television network reported today.
The war maneuvers involved land, sea and air forces from 25 countries and obviated a boycott that the Saudi kingdom and three other Arab states have carried out against Doha since last June.
Several Qatari officers, led by Brigadier General Khamis Mohamed Deblan, were present at the training.
The exercises took place in the town of Ras Al Khair, north of the Saudi city of Jubail, according to reports, and included several stages and a month.
The first phase of the simulations put into practice the use of modern technologies; in the second, ground, air, naval and special forces were trained, and in the last, they tested marksmanship with live ammunition.
The United Shield of the Gulf Peninsula is the largest military exercise in the Middle East in terms of military participation and armament.
According to reports from the Qatar News Agency, the head of the General Staff of the Qatari Armed Forces, Major-General Ghanem bin Shaheen al-Ghanem, was invited by his Saudi counterpart, Lieutenant General Fayyad bin Hamed al-Ruwayli.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off relations with Qatar, demanding 13 demands for a return to normalcy.
The quartet receives from Doha the closure of the channel Al Jazeera, the closure of a Turkish military base and the withdrawal of support to terrorist groups, among other requests.