31 Mar '16, 4pm

UK Considering Permanent Army Training Base in Oman

UK Considering Permanent Army Training Base in Oman

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon arrives at Downing Street on Feb. 20, 2016 in London. (Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images) LONDON — Britain is considering stepping up it’s presence in the Persian Gulf region with the creation of a permanent army training base in Oman, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Thursday during a visit to the country. Based near the port city of Duqm on the Arabian Sea, the establishment would provide a permanent base for British troops to train alongside Omani forces, Fallon said during a press conference in the capital, Muscat. “We have been conducting land training here, but we have not had a permanent presence. We want to put that onto a more permanent base by establishing a permanent training hub,” the Muscat Daily reported Fallon as saying March 31. An MoD spokesman in London said the plan was in the early stages of investigation. “The...

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