Greens warn about Australia’s joint exercise with Saudi navy near Yemen

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Whish-Wilson says operation was planned rather than occurring ‘opportunistically’ as Marise Payne has described

A controversial Australian naval exercise conducted with Saudi Arabia’s navy in the midst of the blockade of Yemen may be the beginning of more joint exercises between the two militaries, the Greens have warned.

Documents relating to a joint training exercise conducted on 14 August linked to Operation Manitou, a longstanding joint military operation in the Middle East, show the exercise was planned rather than occurring “opportunistically”, as Australia’s defence minister had claimed, the Greens say.

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