UK has plans to deploy military trainers in Jordan for helping the Middle Eastern country in its fight against IS militants in Iraq and Syria.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to announce about the move during a visit to the Jordanian capital of Amman on Monday, PressTV reported today. With this move, May commences a symbolic trade and security mission to the Middle East amid talks for London to leave the European Union.
Since 2014, Jordan has been part of US led coalition’s airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. The country also participates in Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes against Yemen.
“It is clearly in the UK's security and prosperity interests to support Jordan and Saudi Arabia in tackling regional challenges to create a more stable region, and in delivering their ambitious reform programs to ensure their own stability,” May said before leaving London.
“To tackle the threats we face from terrorism and from geopolitical instability, we must meet them at their source. Jordan is on the front line of multiple regional crises and I'm clear that by working with them, we are helping keep British people safe,” she added.
“Likewise in Saudi Arabia: we must never forget that intelligence we have received in the past from that country has saved potentially hundreds of lives in the UK,” the PM further argued.
After Jordan, May will head to Saudi Arabia. According to reports, British exports to Saudi Arabia topped £6.6 billion in 2015.
Ignoring international concerns about the human rights records of the Arab monarchies, May has sought to expand ties with them to ensure economic opportunities for the UK in the wake of Brexit.
London has been unconditionally supporting the war on Yemen by providing Saudis with weapons, intelligence and training.