MUSCAT, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) — Oman and Britain on Thursday signed a joint defense agreement at the omani Defense Ministry headquarters in the capital Muscat. The meeting also focused on several military issues of common interest that strengthen the progress of military cooperation within the framework of the GCC so as to achieve the common interests of the GCC in accordance with the common defence agreements concluded between the Member States. The signing of this agreement today reaffirms the importance of optimizing joint military efforts to ensure the security and stability of the two friendly countries and pave the way for closer cooperation in the field of defence and joint exercises to achieve the objectives of the agreement. As part of the agreement, the UK will develop the Duqm port in Muscat and set up a military force in a newly established joint Omani-British training area called “Saif Sareea 3”. The joint agreement will allow the UK to use these facilities for many years to come. In exchange, Britain will send 3 billion pounds ($3.9 billion) for the security of the Gulf region for ten years. The agreement was signed by Oman`s Defence Minister, Mr Badr bin Saud bin Harib al-Busaidi, and british Defence Minister Gavin Williamson. On February 21, Britain and Oman signed a joint defense agreement to “activate joint military actions to ensure the security and stability of both countries [Oman and Britain] and pave the way for more military cooperation and joint exercises.” Defence Minister Gavin Williamson travelled to Oman to sign the agreement with The Minister responsible for Defence, Badr Bin Saud Bin Harib Al Busaidi. Bahrain Mirror: Oman and Britain signed a joint defense agreement on Thursday, February 21, 2019, already announced during exercise Saif Sareea 3 in October. Mr. Bader bin Saud, Omani Minister for Defense Affairs, said in a statement after the signing of the agreement: “This agreement culminates with the efforts of the leaders of the two countries to improve the existing bilateral cooperation and strategic partnership between them. This is an important milestone in the history of both nations.
The signing of this agreement today reaffirms the importance of optimizing joint military efforts to ensure the security and stability of the two friendly countries and pave the way for closer cooperation in the field of defence and joint exercises to achieve the objectives of the agreement. Continuing education options were first discussed at ministerial level in 2015.  On 21 February 2019, a Joint Defence Agreement (JDA) between Oman and the UK ordered the creation of a joint training ground to facilitate military training between the British and Omani militaries.  The two countries have maintained close cultural, economic and military relations since the 1970 Omani coup, in which Qaboos bin Said was appointed Sultan of Oman with considerable British support. . . .