To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what specific police and military training is being provided by the UK to (a) Turkey, (b) Bahrain and (c) the Philippines.
29 September 2020
We currently provide limited military training with Bahrain and the Philippines. As a NATO ally, our defence relationship with Turkey is one based on collaboration and partnering rather than direct training of their forces. All three countries routinely send officer cadets to UK military academies such as the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Royal Britannia Naval College in Dartmouth and the Royal Air Force College in Cranwell. We have also been training Bahrain's security forces for a number of years to better counter the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices.
The Defence Education & Training we provide to foreign nations, stresses the need to respect International Law and the importance of adhering to international standards, for example with regard to human rights, human security, transparency & corruption, and civilian oversight and control of the Armed Forces.
In line with the policy of successive governments, we do not comment on operational policing matters.