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Britain signs deal with Bahrain to boost military presence in Persian Gulf region

  • Delegates listen to United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, left on the podium, as he speaks during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Britain's top diplomat says his nation has signed a deal with the Gulf Arab nation of Bahrain to bolster the United Kingdom's military presence in the region. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal Saturday at a security conference in the Bahraini capital, Manama, where he assured Gulf allies that "your security concerns are our security concerns."(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Delegates listen to United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, left on the podium, as he speaks during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Britain's top diplomat says his nation has signed a deal with the Gulf Arab nation of Bahrain to bolster the United Kingdom's military presence in the region. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal Saturday at a security conference in the Bahraini capital, Manama, where he assured Gulf allies that "your security concerns are our security concerns."(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)  (The Associated Press)

  • United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, speaks during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Britain's top diplomat says his nation has signed a deal with the Gulf Arab nation of Bahrain to bolster the United Kingdom's military presence in the region. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal Saturday at a security conference in the Bahraini capital, Manama, where he assured Gulf allies that "your security concerns are our security concerns."(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, speaks during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Britain's top diplomat says his nation has signed a deal with the Gulf Arab nation of Bahrain to bolster the United Kingdom's military presence in the region. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal Saturday at a security conference in the Bahraini capital, Manama, where he assured Gulf allies that "your security concerns are our security concerns."(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)  (The Associated Press)

  • United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan checks his phone during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Britain's top diplomat says his nation has signed a deal with the Gulf Arab nation of Bahrain to bolster the United Kingdom's military presence in the region. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal Saturday at a security conference in the Bahraini capital, Manama, where he assured Gulf allies that "your security concerns are our security concerns." (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan checks his phone during the 10th International Institute for the Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Britain's top diplomat says his nation has signed a deal with the Gulf Arab nation of Bahrain to bolster the United Kingdom's military presence in the region. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal Saturday at a security conference in the Bahraini capital, Manama, where he assured Gulf allies that "your security concerns are our security concerns." (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)  (The Associated Press)

Britain's top diplomat says his nation has signed a deal with the Gulf Arab nation of Bahrain to bolster the United Kingdom's military presence in the region.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the deal Saturday at a security conference in the Bahraini capital, Manama, where he assured Gulf allies that "your security concerns are our security concerns."

Hammond says the deal ensures a permanent footing for the Royal Navy in the oil-rich Gulf.

The agreement calls for improved onshore facilities at Bahrain's Mina Salman port that will give the Royal Navy a base to plan, store equipment and house military personnel.

Bahrain already hosts the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

The deal comes amid airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.