New Agreement Strengthens UK-Saudi Arabia Defence Relationship
(Source: UK Ministry of Defence; issued Sept 19, 2017)
The UK and Saudi Arabia have announced a new Military and Security Cooperation Agreement.

The governments of the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have announced a new Military and Security Cooperation Agreement, signed today in Jeddah by the Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and the Saudi Crown Prince HRH Mohammed bin Salman.

Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon said: “The security of the GCC, of all Gulf Countries, is critical to UK security. I am delighted to have signed today with HRH the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia a new Military and Security Cooperation Agreement between our two countries; this Agreement further cements the UK’s long-standing relationship with our key Gulf partner.”

The agreement will promote cooperation between our two countries across the Defence and Security sectors, helping Saudi Arabia better protect her national security, including counter-terrorism, intelligence, training and education, medical services and logistics.

The agreement was signed during a wider visit to the Middle East, in which the Defence Secretary met British personnel serving in Iraq. He also visited the Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, where the UK is working closely with US as the two largest contributors to the Coalition’s military campaign.

During his time in Iraq, Sir Michael met with personnel from the Mercian Regiment, Engineer Regiment, Intelligence Corps, and Medical Regiments at Erbil and Taji where they have been involved in training Iraqi Security Forces, Kurdish Forces and Ninewah police.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: BAE Systems has been waiting for several years for a follow-on Typhoon contract from Saudi Arabia.
Deliveries on the first contract were completed this year.
However, coming after the recent Saudi order for Boeing F-15SA fighters, the fact that the above agreement does not include a Typhoon order – unless one is being kept secret -- makes it unlikely that it will ever materialize.
This, however, will be partly compensated by the Letter of Intent for 24 Typhoons unexpectedly signed by Qatar on Sept. 17, and which could lead to a signed contract by next year.)


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