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Parliamentary question regarding British armed forces in UAE

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Parliamentary question regarding British armed forces in UAE

On the 20th November the following question was asked by Alistair Carmichael:

"To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October 2017 to Question 109061, what the function is of each of the armed forces stationed in the United Arab Emirates."

To which Mark Lancaster (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence) replied:                                    

"The precise details of the UK military laydown within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is protected by a non-disclosure agreement with the host nation. This is an extant condition of the orignal arrangement for our presence in the UAE, due to operational sensitivities at the time.

However, we can confirm there are three personnel based in the British Embassy Defence Section conducting defence engagement activities.

All other UK military personnel in the UAE are fulfilling roles which support operations and regional security, the detail of which is not publically releasable."

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