Gulf safety crucial to UK security: Britain

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Manama, Bahrain December 7, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

DUBAI

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday that it is essential to work with the Gulf in order to undermine security risks and terrorism, as the 37th GCC summit concluded in Manama, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
May stated that as security risks increased in the Arab region and Western countries alike, it was essential to “work together in order” to combat terrorism.
She added: “I came today because we have a long history of previous treaties between Britain and Gulf States, and we would like to prove to the world that we have many opportunities that we can take advantage of together.”
The British prime minister stressed that the security of the Gulf was also essential to Britain’s security, and terrorism targeting Gulf states was also targeting Britian – stating that both the UK and the Gulf “must together fight ISIS in Syria,” highlighting the recent gains made against the militant group.
She noted that British intelligence had received many warnings from Saudi Arabia about terrorist threats, which saved many lives. May also stressed that there was a clear threat from Iran to Gulf states, and that it was essential to build a strategic plan with regard to the issue.
In response to the British premier, the king of Bahrain said: “We look forward to strengthening the strategic partnership with Britain, though the process of work between the Gulf and the UK.”
The 37th GCC summit – which was held in Bahrain, with the participation of Britain – discussed the political developments and challenges that face the leaders of GCC countries.—Agencies

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