U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is meeting leaders of six Gulf nations on a tour of the region to discuss their role in countering Islamic State and resolving the crisis in Yemen.
Hammond, who arrived in Saudi Arabia on Sunday for the first leg of a three-day visit of the Persian Gulf, will emphasize the importance of security in the region and say that close relationships with its constituent countries are vital to keep Britain safe, the Foreign Office said in an e-mailed statement.
“Wherever we look, the world is becoming more dangerous and more uncertain,” Hammond said in the statement. “International engagement is fundamental to maintaining both Britain’s security and our prosperity. Britain’s strong relations with the Gulf states enable us to work together on regional challenges and shared threats that confront us, whether from violent extremism, terrorism, or volatile economic conditions."
Hammond plans to meet leaders in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman during his visit.