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UK Prime Minister in region to tout the Typhoon

Posted 5 November 2012 · Add Comment

British Prime Minister David Cameron is in Dubai today as part of a three-day tour of the Gulf and the Middle East in a bid to cement UK arms sales with a particular emphasis on persuading the United Arab Emirates to buy 60 of BAE's Typhoon jets in a deal reported to be worth upwards of £3bn.

Cameron will travel to Saudi Arabia - Britain's biggest trading partner in the region – tomorrow, which analysts say is also considering adding to its fleet of the aircraft.

Cameron’s office said the visit - his second to each country as premier - were part of a wider effort to reinforce military ties.

Cameron landed at a military airbase near Dubai where a number of RAF Typhoons are stationed and joined 70 British personnel stationed at Dubai for breakfast.

He is also due to head to Abu Dhabi for meetings with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Prime Minister of UAE to discuss the potential for a joint work on the next generation of military aerospace equipment.

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