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Britain to sign pact with GCC to improve airport screening systems

Gulf security is our security and we are investing in hard power there, says British PM

Britain to sign pact with GCC to improve airport screening systems
Britains Prime Minister Theresa May. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

British Prime Minister Theresa May will sign a new agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on Tuesday on improving security screening systems at the region’s airports, UK-based newspapers reported.

The move is expected to build on successes such as the foiling of the “ink cartridge” bomb plot of 2010, when plastic explosives hidden in a printer were found aboard a US-bound flight at East Midlands airport following a tip-off from Saudi Arabia.

The Daily Mail reported that the UK will work with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other nations to help them improve traveller screening systems and to share expertise to make it more difficult for terrorists to avoid detection.

May, who arrived in Bahrain on Monday night, is the first British leader to attend the annual meeting of the GCC.

“Now more than ever, Gulf security is our security. That’s why we are investing in hard power there, with over £3 billion ($3.82 billion) of defence over the next decade - spending more in the Gulf than in any other region of the world,” the newspaper quoted May as saying.

Meanwhile, The Guardian reported that three UK cybersecurity experts have been appointed to advise Gulf institutions and training on countering terrorist financing. Their first workshop will take place in Qatar next week.