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‘I’ll do you a good deal on a fighter jet’ David Cameron starts whistle stop tour of the Gulf to sell £6billion worth of British military aircraft
Prime Minister embarks on three-day trade visit to the Gulf and Middle East
He hopes to secure deals to sell 100 Typhoon jets worth £6billion
PM insists push for commercial contracts will not stop him raising human rights concerns
PUBLISHED: 09:31, 5 November 2012 |
David Cameron arrived in the Gulf today, hoping to seal multi-billion pound deals to sell fighter jets to Arab states.
The Prime Minister arrived in Dubai this morning, at the start of a three-day tour of the Gulf and the Middle East.
He insisted there was ‘no no-go areas’ in raising human rights concerns with leaders in the region, as he pushed for British industry to secure lucrative contracts.
David Cameron arrived in Dubai today, where he met Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, head of Emirates Airlines and president of Dubai’s Civil Aviation Authority during a visit to the Dubai Metro
The Prime Minister will use his three-day trade visit to secure deals for British aerospace, health and education companies
The Premier hopes to help cement deals worth more than £6billion for the sale of 100 aircraft to the region in the coming year, deals that together would be directly worth over £6 billion to British firms.
Mr Cameron hopes to persuade the United Arab Emirates military to buy 60 of BAE’s Typhoon fighter jets, as they seek to replace their current fleet of French Mirage jets.
Tomorrow he will travel to Saudi Arabia which is also considering adding to its own Typhoon force. It is Mr Cameron’s second to each country since becoming Prime Minister.
Downing Street insists the trip was part of a wider effort to build a ‘reinvigorated partnership’ between Britain and the region’s leaders.
Mr Cameron, who is travelling with Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, arrived at the Al Minhad airbase in Dubai today
Speaking as he arrived in Dubai today, Mr Cameron insisted the need to sign contracts with his hosts would not deter him from raising difficult issues.
Some Gulf states are unhappy with the UK’s support for Arab Spring uprisings elsewhere in the region with reports that it could lead to British firms being snubbed for future contracts.
Mr Cameron said: ‘On human rights, there are no no-go areas in this relationship. We discuss all of these things but we also show respect and friendship to a very old ally and partner.
‘We have one of the strictest regimes anywhere in the world for sales of defence equipment but we do believe that countries have a right to self-defence and we do believe that Britain has important defence industries that employ over 300,000 people so that sort of business is completely legitimate and right.’
The PM met RAF personnel based at the Al Minhad airbase in Dubai where British Typhoon jets of 99 Squadron are stationed
The Prime Minister, accompanied by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, was met at Al Minhad military airbase by UAE foreign minister Anwar Gargash and Major General Issa Saif Mohammed al Mazrouei, Deputy Chief of Staff of UAE armed forces.
They chatted to Typhoon crews at the base, which is used by the UK as a logistics hub for operations in Afghanistan and regional training, before joining some of the 70 British personnel stationed there for breakfast.
British exports to the UAE were up 16 per cent in the first half of the year and it was vital to be involved in the fastest-growing economies in the world to compete in the ‘global economic race’, Mr Cameron said.
‘It is not just about trade and investment. We are also partners in defence and security, we worked together in Libya and Afghanistan and we will be talking about all the key regional and global issues,’ the PM added.
Mr Cameron joined RAF teams for breakfast before embarking on a series of trade talks hoping to secure deals for UK firms
Mr Cameron and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi will also attend a business event featuring more than a dozen British aerospace, healthcare and education firms.
As part of the visit, Mr Cameron will also take part in a question and answer session with university students in Abu Dhabi and meet with UK business leaders at an investment event.
On Wednesday, Mr Cameron will make a short visit to the Middle East before flying home for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Downing Street ahead of the crunch EU budget summit.
It means he will be out of the country when he learns whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney have won the bitterly contested US presidential race. He will also miss Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons.