News ID: 99677
Publish Date : 05 February 2022 - 21:29

Saudi Arabia Slammed for Joining U.S. Naval Wargame With Zionists

RIYADH (Dispatches) – Activists have taken to the Internet to express their deep resentment over Saudi Arabia’s participation in a U.S.-led naval wargame alongside the Zionist regime, despite the absence of official diplomatic relations between Riyadh and the occupying regime.
According to the U.S. Navy, more than 9,000 people from 60 regional navies take part in the International Maritime Exercise 2022, known by its acronym IMX 22, which focuses on unmanned naval systems and the use of artificial intelligence.
“Israel is our ardent supporter; How weak we are!!!,” a social media activist tweeted.
Another user wrote on Twitter, “There is no power but that of of God in the face of the humiliation and disgrace that the Arab world has fallen into.”
The exercise kicked off on January 31 during a ceremony at the U.S. 5th Fleet’s headquarters in Bahrain, and will reportedly span the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman, the Red Sea as well as the northern tip of the Indian Ocean.
Participants include a number of countries that the Zionist regime does not have formal ties with, such as Saudi Arabia, Oman, Comoros, Djibouti, Somalia and Pakistan, as well as several countries with which the occupying regime recently normalized relations, like the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
A U.S. Navy spokesperson said on Wednesday that exercise planners were aware of the geopolitical context of participating countries, but cooperation had been high.
This is while Kuwait and Qatar, Saudi Arabia’s neighbors that have no formal relations with the regime, did not participate, according to U.S. Navy information.
Last month, a high-ranking official at the Zionist regime’s ministry of foreign affairs said Tel Aviv is working clandestinely towards normalization of diplomatic relations with Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
“These are the two countries we want to reach an agreement with, but it is a slow process that takes a lot of time and effort. We hope for the best,” the unnamed official noted at a media briefing.
Even though the occupying regime and Saudi Arabia do not have formal diplomatic relations, Riyadh has taken a number of steps in recent years toward normalizing relations with the Tel Aviv regime.
Saudi authorities were said to have given behind-the-scenes green light to the UAE forging ties with the occupying regime in 2020 and have since allowed Israeli aircraft to use the kingdom’s airspace for direct flights to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.