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Prime Minister David Cameron has visited Jordan where he has travelled to the border with Syria. He met refugees from the conflict to hear for himself the stories of those affected by the violence.
Previously, he visited the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to help Britain succeed in the global race by strenghtening ties with the Gulf region.
Mr Cameron has already visited both countries since taking office and the fact that these are two of the few countries he is now returning to signals the his commitment to cementing long term partnerships with two of Britain’s most important strategic allies in the Gulf.
This strategic partnership is focused on delivering security, prosperity and openness in the region. A central pillar is the UK’s defence relationship with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia given our shared commitment to security and stability and defeating the threats we face in the wider Middle East region.
On this visit, the Prime Minister hopes to begin the next chapter in the relationship, establishing a truly strategic defence partnership. This presents an opportunity to significantly boost the British defence industry - worth £5.4 billion in annual exports and sustaining 54,000 jobs - and the Prime Minister will use to the trip to specifically promote the Typhoon fast jet to Gulf leaders.