To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the reopening of the UK's naval base in Bahrain on the UK's (a) military capabilities (b) influence in the Gulf region and (c) ability to respond to human rights concerns in that country.
29 March 2018
The opening of the Naval Support Facility at Mina Salman Port in Bahrain will both enhance the Royal Navy's ability to operate effectively in the Gulf and further demonstrate the Government's enduring commitment to regional security. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Embassy in Bahrain continue to monitor events there closely and continue to have open and frank dialogue with the Government of Bahrain. Where we have concerns, we raise them at an appropriately senior level and will continue to do so.