UK and Oman to open new joint training base

7 November 2018 (Last Updated November 7th, 2018 10:05)

The UK Government has announced a new joint training base in Oman with an aim to support and strengthen its strong and special relationship with the Middle East country.

UK and Oman to open new joint training base
Omani tanks move towards a target, with smoke coming from missiles fired by UK and Omani forces during the Exercise Saif Sareea 3 firepower demonstration. Credit: Crown copyright.

The UK Government has announced a new joint training base in Oman with an aim to support and strengthen its strong and special relationship with the Middle East country.

Set to open in March, the Omani-British joint training base will help enhance the commitment of the UK to safeguard peace and stability in the Gulf.

UK Ministry of Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Our relationship with Oman is built on centuries of cooperation and we are cementing that long into the future with the opening of our new joint base.

“We stand as a beacon of stability in the region. This has never been more important as malign activity by hostile states and violent extremist organisations seek to undermine stability and subvert the rules-based order on which we all rely.”

“Williamson also expressed the UK’s intention to enter an agreement with Oman early next year to support defence commitment between the two nations.”

UK soldiers will be deployed to work and train in close collaboration with troops from the Oman Armed Forces.

The joint training base in Oman is expected to support a wide range of combined and joint training activities that were carried out by the 5,500 UK military personnel over the last month during the Exercise Saif Sareea 3.

In addition to the opening of the Omani-British training base, Williamson also expressed the UK’s intention to enter an agreement with Oman early next year to support defence commitment between the two nations.

In August, the UK Defence Secretary also proposed the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the end of this year to strengthen the country’s defence cooperation with Romania in a bid to protect the European region.