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Britain seeks to boost post-Brexit ties with Jordan and Saudi Arabia

Theresa MayBritish Prime Minister Theresa May will visit allies Jordan and Saudi Arabia from Monday to strengthen cooperation against terrorism and consolidate trade in its largest export market in the Middle East.

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May said her visit to the two nations forms part of Britain's efforts to expand ties with non-EU nations as it leaves the EU over the next two years.

"We must look at the challenges that we, and future generations, will face and build stronger partnerships with countries that will be vital to both our security and our prosperity," May said ahead of her scheduled arrival in Amman.

"It is clearly in the UK's security and prosperity interests to support Jordan and Saudi Arabia in tackling regional challenges to create a more stable region, and in delivering their ambitious reform programmes to ensure their own stability," she said.

May plans to announce an agreement with Jordan to counter the terrorist threat from Islamic State and support the Royal Jordanian Air Force to attack Islamic State targets, her office said.

She will offer more help for Jordan to cope with an influx of Syrian refugees, in programmes designed to enable refugees to rebuild their lives "close to their homes."


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