UK Red Arrows to tour Middle East29/08/17Defence
The UK’s defence secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, is to announce that the world famous Royal Air Force (RAF) Red Arrows will tour the Middle East next month.
On a visit to Kuwait, Fallon will announce that the Reds will perform in the country as part of a wider regional tour, with a programme that will promote the UK’s long-standing relations across the Gulf. Fallon will also review the campaign to defeat Daesh (so-called ‘Islamic State’) with commanders in the coalition headquarters in Kuwait.
He said: “This historic Red Arrows tour will be a visible demonstration of UK engagement across the globe, flying the flag to promote Britain in important capitals through the GREAT campaign.
“Kuwait is a vital partner. I will be looking to strengthen our military relationship with more frequent joint exercises, and I will be reviewing the next steps in the campaign against Daesh with commanders at the coalition’s headquarters in Kuwait.”
The tour will highlight the partnership with the British Armed Forces in each nation visited, as well as demonstrating that the UK is ‘open for business’, committed to peace and security, and a leading participant on the global stage.
The UK was one of the first members of the coalition and has focused on supporting Iraqi security forces and the Syrian opposition to defeat Daesh.
Ahead of the three-year anniversary next month of UK involvement in the military campaign, Fallon will review the progress with the coalition commander, US Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, and British Major General Rupert Jones, the deputy commander.
During the visit, the defence secretary will also announce a draft defence co-operation accord which formalises the relationship with Kuwait.