Seven cadets from the Royal Saudi Land Forces and Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces have begun military training in Germany.
The Saudi cadets will spend the first phase of their training in the German Armed Forces Language Academy in Cologne in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The German envoy added that “we look forward to continuously expand the training program in the future.”
The training of Saudi cadets in the facilities of the German Armed Forces was agreed upon by the Kingdom and Germany in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed during the visit of Chancellor Angela Merkel to Jeddah on April 30, 2017 in the presence of King Salman.
Ambassador Haller added that 14 German experts from the German Federal Police are currently in the Kingdom to conduct various training courses with the Saudi Border Police.
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