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Britain eyes development of Omani port complex

LONDON, March 31 (UPI) — The British Government is to develop a joint venture company to support development of Oman’s Duqm Port to handle naval vessels.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, speaking during a visit to Oman on Wednesday, said the JV would be between Babcock International and Oman Drydock Company. Development of the port complex will enable the provision of engineering work and support to vessels such as Britain’s new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.

“This partnership will bring British engineering expertise to help develop Duqm as a strategic port for the Middle East on the Indian Ocean, benefiting the Royal Navy and others,” the minister said.

“It demonstrates how our long-term commitment to the Middle East is promoting our security and prosperity.”

During his visit, Fallon reaffirmed the longstanding relationship between the United Kingdom and Oman by signing a new memorandum of understanding to allow the countries to continue conducting joint exercises and training.

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