King inaugurates SOFEX 2022 in Aqaba

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His Majesty King Abdullah greets officials at the inauguration of the SOFEX 2022 exhibition in Aqaba on November 1, 2022. (Photo: Royal Court)
AQABA — His Majesty King Abdullah, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF), on Tuesday inaugurated the Special Operations Exhibition, within the Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference SOFEX 2022, in Aqaba.اضافة اعلان

King Abdullah was received by HRH Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Yousef Hneiti, according to a Royal Court statement.

Jordan Design and Development Bureau (JODDB) CEO and SOFEX Jordan General Manager Brig. Gen. Ayman Batran said the conference, under His Majesty’s leadership, has become an international hub for exhibiting the latest technologies affiliated with special forces.

For his part, King Abdullah II Special Forces Group Commander Col. Nael Shugeirat expressed appreciation for the King’s continuous support, which enabled JAF to build strong partnerships with a number of countries, highlighting the importance of SOFEX in enhancing international cooperation in the development of defense industries.

His Majesty also attended a JAF drill on the southern shore of Aqaba held as part of the SOFEX opening ceremony, the statement said.

The King, accompanied HRH Prince Hashem, toured the exhibition, which features the latest equipment and technologies in defense and security used by elite and special forces worldwide, including in defense, planning, organization, and training.

A special pavilion for JAF and security agencies showcases their military, technical, and training capabilities, and highlights their international role in peace-keeping forces and joint drills, as well as the key products and equipment they oversee in terms of manufacturing and distribution.

Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Hneiti, General Intelligence Department Director Maj. Gen. Ahmad Husni, and Public Security Directorate Director Maj. Gen. Obaidallah Maaytah accompanied His Majesty on the tour.

The four-day event kicked off its 13th edition on Monday in Aqaba with the Middle East Special Operations Commanders Conference

This year’s SOFEX features the participation of over 300 companies in the field of defense and weapon manufacturing from 38 countries, in addition to delegations from 98 countries, and 13 pavilions for participating countries.

The event features specialized workshops, discussions, and live shows, in addition to private meetings and signing of agreements.

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