Prince Khaled bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, Minister of Defense, met today in Riyadh with his British counterpart Ben Wallace.
During the meeting, they reviewed the strategic relations between the two friendly countries.
They also discussed bilateral cooperation in the military and defense field and ways to enhance and develop it.
In addition to discussing a number of issues of common interest, developments in the regional and international arenas, and the efforts exerted towards them.
The Minister of Defense and the British Secretary of Defense also signed a declaration of intent regarding the participation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Future Air Capabilities Program (FCAS).
The declaration includes defining a comprehensive and joint vision for the future partnership for air combat operations and researching the partnership that provides the required capabilities needs and identifying industrial participation projects and joint research and development projects.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia seeks to enhance its military capabilities in the face of security challenges in the region imposed by Iranian interference.
Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman and his British counterpart, Ben Wallace, signed last December a “defense cooperation plan” between the two countries, according to what was reported by the Saudi Press Agency, on the sidelines of an indefinite visit that the Saudi minister began to London last December.
The two sides held a meeting at the headquarters of the British Ministry of Defense to discuss aspects of bilateral cooperation in the military and defense field, and developments in the situation at the regional and international levels.
According to the SPA agency, “the Saudi and British ministers signed a defense cooperation plan.”
The plan aims to “develop the capabilities of the Saudi Ministry of Defense, localize military industries, and strengthen the partnership between the two countries in the military field,” according to the same source.