UK reaches agreement with Kuwait to establish military base, report says

ANADOLU AGENCY
KUWAIT CITY
Published 13.12.2018 15:30
Updated 13.12.2018 15:34
Soldiers of the British Army's Royal Scots Dragoon Guards regiment march down the Royal Mile to mark their return from a tour of duty in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, during a Homecoming parade in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 1, 2011. (Reuters Photo)
Soldiers of the British Army's Royal Scots Dragoon Guards regiment march down the Royal Mile to mark their return from a tour of duty in Helmand Province in Afghanistan, during a Homecoming parade in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dec. 1, 2011. (Reuters Photo)

The United Kingdom and Kuwait have reached an agreement to establish a British military base in the Gulf state, local Kuwaiti media reported Thursday.

The private Alrai daily, citing diplomatic sources, said officials from both countries will meet Thursday to discuss aspects of cooperation between the two sides.

The newspaper also quoted Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah, who denied any link between the British base and a border dispute between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

"Our dispute with our brothers in Saudi Arabia is brotherly," he said. "I can term it as a misunderstanding."

The private al-Qabas newspaper also said Thursday meeting between Kuwaiti and British officials will include a discussion on the establishment of a British military base to train the Kuwaiti army.

Al-Qabas, citing unnamed sources, said the U.K. base will be limited and will be opened soon.

There was no comment from Kuwaiti or British authorities on the report.

British Ambassador to Kuwait Michael Davenport earlier said in an interview with Forces Network that London was considering a permanent military presence in Kuwait.

"We're looking at all the possibilities. We're not talking about a major deployment I don't think, but we're looking at what might work for both the United Kingdom and for Kuwait. As I say, it's at a very early stage," he said.

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