Theresa May delivers speech to 37th GCC Summit in Bahrain
News 7 Dec 2016

Theresa May delivers speech to 37th GCC Summit in Bahrain

The Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the 37th GCC Summit in Bahrain this morning. During her speech, she said that Britain wanted to "make a more permanent and more enduring commitment to the long-term security of the Gulf" and invest more than 3 billion pounds in defence spending in the region over the next decade. She stressed that the UK was not looking "to develop a transactional relationship (with the Gulf) but rather to forge a strategic relationship, a relationship based on true partnership and an enduring commitment between our countries and our peoples." "Gulf security is our security," she told the council, which brings together the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. Read the full text of the speech here 

Mrs May yesterday laid out the details of a new package of joint measures with the Gulf designed to tackle terrorism. The measures include the establishment of a new joint UK-GCC Working Group on Counter-Terrorism and Border Security to build on existing border security co-operation and efforts to counter terrorist financing. Read more on this from 10 Downing Street here