UK-Bahrain Defence Arrangement:Written statement - HCWS79

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 09 December 2014
Made by: Michael Fallon (Secretary of State for Defence )
Commons

UK-Bahrain Defence Arrangement

The UK and Bahrain have agreed to enhance the naval and logistics facilities that are used by British Forces in Bahrain and that support our basing and operations in the Gulf region. The new arrangement was signed at the Manama Dialogue on 5 December, 2014.

This agreement will improve facilities at the Bahrain Defence Force Mina Salman port in Bahrain, where the UK has mine-hunters permanently based and from where British destroyers and frigates in the Gulf are supported. Under the arrangement, the UK and Bahrain will work together to enhance the facilities at the port, and provide a bigger base for ships on operations, store equipment, and accommodate Service personnel. Bahrain will make a significant contribution to the cost of the new facilities.

The UK will maintain a defence presence in Bahrain for years to come. The agreement reaffirms the UK’s and Bahrain’s joint determination to maintain regional security and stability in the face of enduring and emerging regional challenges. The expansion of Britain's footprint builds upon our 40 year track record of Gulf patrols and is just one example of our growing partnerships with the Gulf States to tackle shared strategic and regional threats.

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