UK signs Plan for Defence Cooperation with Saudi Arabia

The Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace receives the Saudi Defence Minister, Khalid bin Salman Al Saud at a Guard of Honour held at Horse Guards Parade. Credit: Photo: Cpl Tim Hammond - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

The Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, met His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Minister for Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in London today (13 December 2022).

The Defence Ministers reflected on the strength of the historic UK-Saudi defence partnership of over half a century, based on a shared commitment to peace, stability, and the strengthening of mutual and regional security.

The Defence Secretary and His Royal Highness welcomed the signing of a Plan for Defence Cooperation which will enhance bilateral defence and security cooperation to address shared security challenges, including through regular dialogue and consultation, education and training, and capability-building.

Image of the Saudi Defence Minister, HRH Prince Khalid bin Salman, seen here inspecting the Guard of Honour held at Horse Guards Parade in London today (13/12/2022).  Photographer: Cpl Tim Hammond – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

The government says it reaffirms the UK’s enduring commitment to working with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on promoting regional security and stability.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

It is a pleasure to sign this Plan for Defence Cooperation, bringing us even closer to one of our most important partners. It is a key milestone between our two nations, as we look to enhance our defence partnership further in support of mutual and regional security.


  1. Excellent news.

    That bin Salman chap knows how to deal with dissident wokerati journalists.

    If only this country (England) followed his example with the unpatriotic whiners and whingers in the media here, we would be a much happier country,.

  2. Why does this agreement not include a Saudi Arabian commitment to buy more UK weapons? I can’t see the point of it without this.


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