British paper says Saudi troops sent to Bahrain were British trained.
Junior defence minister Nick Harvey told parliament last week that some members of the Saudi force deployed in Bahrain may have undergone some British training. The Ministry of Defense stressed that British involvement in training foreign forces was intended to engender a culture of respect for human rights. "The UK provides world-class defense training and education to many countries, including in the Gulf, creating lasting ties between our armed forces and enhancing their ability to work together towards regional security and stability," a spokesman said. "The Gulf states are key partners in the fight against terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear weapons as well as being an emerging source of economic and political influence. "By providing training for countries to the same high standards used by UK armed forces we help to save lives and raise awareness of human rights." But Nicholas Gilby of the Campaign Against the Arms Trade said: "Britain's important role in training the Saudi Arabian National Guard in internal security over many years has enabled them to develop tactics to help suppress the popular uprising in Bahrain."
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|Publication:||The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)|
|Date:||May 30, 2011|
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