Ministry of Defence
Defence Secretary meets Qatari counterpart to discuss international response to ISIL
Michael Fallon meets with Qatari counterpart His Excellency General Haman bi Ali-Al Attiyah in London
Michael Fallon has met with the Qatari Minister of State from Defence Affairs, His Excellency General Haman bi Ali-Al Attiyah yesterday to discuss important regional issues and areas for military cooperation to counter ISIL.
He said yesterday:
The Iraqi government and the Iraqi forces are leading the efforts to push back ISIL and their violent ideology. It is important that the UK work with allies in the Middle East region as part of an international coalition, to support these endeavors. The UK continues to play a leading role in coalition efforts in Iraq and Syria and recent months have seen a significant step up in our operational activity. We are one of the largest contributors to air strikes over Iraq, second only to the US and have now trained almost 1000 Peshmerga forces.
Qatar remains one of the UK’s most important allies in the region and I was pleased to meet with my counterpart today to review the role both our countries can play in these tackling extremist groups.
The meeting yesterday again demonstrated the UK’s commitment to the security of Gulf countries and was the second between the two Defence Ministers following a trip to Qatar by Michael Fallon in November last year where he welcomed updated legislation to prevent terrorist funding in the country. It also followed a visit by the Prince of Wales as the UK seeks to build on the close political and military ties between the two nations.
As a trusted Gulf Partner the UK has a close relationship with the Qatari Armed Forces and the countries regularly take part in joint exercises and training.
Latest News from
Ministry of Defence
Readout of Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace’s phone call with US Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper22/05/2020 10:15:00
The Defence Secretary has had a phone call with his US counterpart to discuss ongoing collaboration and shared challenges
Joint Statement of The Northern Group of Defence Ministers, 20 May 202021/05/2020 14:43:00
Defence Ministers of The Northern Group have issued the following Joint Statement yesterday (20 May 2020).
UK Armed Forces step up support to the Caribbean Overseas Territories during coronavirus pandemic20/05/2020 13:15:00
The RAF have delivered 6 ventilators and medication to support the Overseas Territories during the COVID outbreak and RFA Argus conducted training exercises in preparation for hurricane season.
jHub support NHSx to securely share COVID-19 symptom data20/05/2020 10:15:00
Strategic Command’s innovation hub, jHub, were recently commissioned to support NHSx to securely gather and share COVID-19 symptom data for project OASIS.
Ministry of Defence Police: COVID-19 response19/05/2020 15:15:15
The Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) is 'Proud to Serve', remaining strong, delivering for defence and the communities it serves.
Red Arrows to stay in Lincolnshire following RAF Scampton closure19/05/2020 13:15:00
The Red Arrows are set to stay in their home county of Lincolnshire and move to RAF Waddington after the closure of their current base RAF Scampton.
Funding to support armed forces charities doing vital work during pandemic13/05/2020 10:17:00
Defence Minister Johnny Mercer announces extra funding to support frontline armed forces charities across the UK.
UK Armed Forces Maintaining Critical Defence Activities11/05/2020 09:20:00
The UK Armed Forces are ensuring they keep the country safe, supporting the national response to Covid-19, continuing their critical operations at home and overseas, while ensuring they prepare for future tasks in a deliberate and disciplined manner.