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UK Defence Minister promotes ongoing commitment to Qatar

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Partnership industrial cooperation and innovation are the main UK themes as UK companies exhibit a range of world beating defence capabilities at DIMDEX 2014.

Philip Dunne, UK Minister for Defence, Equipment, Support and Technology leads the UK delegation. A Royal Navy Mine-counter Measure Vessel together with a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship are also both also attending, reflecting the strong navy to navy relationship.

This strong UK presence reflects the ongoing commitment that UK companies have to Qatar and the region. The UK’s interest is to promote UK capabilities in the defence, security and disaster relief sectors, strengthen existing and build new industrial partnerships with companies in Qatar and the region, and to promote their products and services.

The UK Government team is visiting DIMDEX 2014 to encourage UK and Qatari companies to identify areas of joint industrial and technological cooperation and establish enduring and mutually beneficial partnerships with the industrial and technological bases in Qatar.

Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence equipment support and Technology said:

I am delighted to return to Qatar. We value highly our close defence and security relationship with the Qatari Armed Forces.UK companies have rightly identified Qatar as an important market in which to do business. The significant number of defence and security companies at DIMDEX 2014 makes clear the value we place on our relationship with Qatar. I am pleased to see the Royal Navy in attendance, highlighting the contribution they make to regional security.

UK companies attending include: Atlas Elektronic, Crewshield, Dytecna, Grange Shipping, Imenco, James Fisher Defence, Lloyds Register, Met Office UK, MSI Defence Systems, Octink Middle East, Scott Seats, Thales Air Defence, UTC Aerospace Systems, Voovio and Wallop Defence Systems.