British troops will be deployed to Jordan to train local forces in bombing tactics. The announcement comes as UK Prime Minister Theresa May begins a diplomatic tour of the Middle East to shore up alliances ahead of Brexit.
May’s three day tour of the region will be used to discuss ongoing security relationships with the King of Jordan and the House of Saud, as well as bolstering trade ties.
“We must never forget that intelligence we have received in the past from [Saudi Arabia] has saved potentially hundreds of lives in the UK,” May said, ahead of her visit.
She added that it is “clearly in the UK’s security and prosperity interests” to support Saudi and Jordan in order to “keep British people safe.”
“To tackle the threats we face from terrorism and from geopolitical instability, we must meet them at their source,” she said.
It is thought that the military trainers will help Jordan with targeting airstrikes.
Similar support has been given to Saudi Arabia throughout its war with Yemen, a grinding conflict which has now pushed the impoverished state to the edge of famine.
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