UK PM vows deeper military ties with Persian Gulf allies

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for deeper military cooperation with members of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council.

Addressing the GCC’s annual summit in the Bahraini capital Manama on Wednesday, May said Britain planned to invest more than $3.7 billion in the region over the next decade.

“As part of the renewed relationship that I want to forge with you, the United Kingdom will make a more permanent and more enduring commitment to the long-term security of the [Persian] Gulf,” she told leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.

“Gulf security is our security,” she said. “In challenging times you turn to your oldest and most dependable friends.”

Before departing London for the two-day visit, May said she wanted to lay the foundations for “a new chapter” in ties with Persian Gulf countries as the UK was leaving the European Union.

The prime minister also spoke about discussions to boost…

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