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Middle East: Military Aid

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 49869, tabled on 24 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training assistance his Department has provided to (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) the United Arab Emirates, (c) Qatar, (d) Kuwait and (e) Oman in the last five years.

Answered on

31 October 2016

Over the past five years, UK Armed Forces have provided support to the armed forces of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman both in-country and in the UK and continue to do so. These States have attended international defence training courses in the UK such as the advanced command and staff course, Royal College of Defence Studies and Initial Officer Training.

UK Armed Forces have also provided training in-country through the delivery of tactical level Short Term Training Teams in the maritime, land and air domains. The Defence Academy has also delivered the Strategic Leadership Programme and Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context courses to Gulf States along with the Royal Navy's Exclusive Economic Zone Protection Officer course.