NATO Summit

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 3:43 pm on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of David Cameron David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 3:43 pm, 8th September 2014

The hon. Lady makes a spot-on point. We have good relations with, for instance, the Saudi military, the Qataris, the Emirates and the Jordanians, partly because many have trained here alongside our armed forces. We should maximise those relationships and that defence engagement. That should be part of the comprehensive plan that has been put in place—we should work with them to squeeze ISIL. One thing we decided at NATO was that we need to do even more to build the capability of those militaries because, increasingly in our dangerous world, we are confronting problems, whether in Syria, Mali or Somalia, where it would be good if the regional players had the military capabilities better to deal with the problems—with our assistance and help, but not always with our direct interaction.