31 Aug 2017

RAF Red Arrows set to tour the Middle East

The Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced that the Royal Air Force Red Arrows will tour the Middle East.

On a visit to Kuwait, Sir Michael announced that the Red Arrows would perform in the country as part of a wider regional tour, with a programme promoting the United Kingdom’s long-standing relations across the Gulf.

The world-renowned Red Arrows performances 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 player on the global stage.

The tour will also enable further close cooperation with Kuwaiti and regional armed forces and promote opportunities for investment and trade with the UK, encourage government-to-government engagement to develop economic partnership, and showcase the excellence of STEM education with UK universities with displays in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.

Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, 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.”

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