UK and Saudi Arabia sign military and security cooperation agreement


The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has entered a new military and security cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia to strengthen the defence relationship between the two countries.

Under the terms of the agreement, the countries will work together across defence and security sectors.

The agreement will help Saudi Arabia to protect national security, including counter-terrorism, intelligence, training and education, medical services and logistics.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “The security of the GCC, of all Gulf Countries, is critical to UK security. I am delighted to have signed today with HRH the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia a new military and security cooperation agreement between our two countries; this agreement further cements the UK’s long-standing relationship with our key Gulf partner.”

"This agreement further cements the UK’s long-standing relationship with our key Gulf partner."

Commenting on the deal, Saudi Press Agency stated: "During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations particularly the mechanism ... joint coordination in the field of defence. They also discussed ... efforts to combat terrorism.”

The agreement has been signed as the UK seeks to explore trade deals outside Europe, Agence France-Presse reported.

Earlier this week, Qatar signed a statement of intent to purchase Typhoon multi-role combat aircraft from the UK.

The Middle Eastern country seeks to purchase 24 Typhoon aircraft from the UK’s BAE Systems, according to media sources.

The Typhoon is expected to benefit Qatar’s military capability and support Royal Air Force operations.