British public want strong ties with Middle East, poll shows

26-09-2022 01:19 PM

Ammon News - The British public want the UK to keep a strong relationship with Arab nations, according to an exclusive poll commissioned by The National.
The Deltapoll findings come more than a decade after the UK government began deepening its ties with the Gulf, in particular.
Thirty-one per cent of the survey’s 2,096 respondents said the UK should cultivate a stronger relationship with the Arab world and 31 per cent said relations should stay as they are.
That compared with 17 per cent who thought ties should become weaker, while 22 per cent had no opinion.
Dr David Roberts, an associate professor in the defence studies department of King’s College London, said the UK’s ties with the region had improved since David Cameron took office as UK prime minister in 2010.
The centre of this relationship is, he said, the “defence-economic nexus”.
“During the Tony Blair and Gordon Brown era … Britain was comparatively disengaged. The Gulf was not seen as a priority,” Dr Roberts said, referring to Britain's Labour prime ministers from 1997 to 2010.
“A Conservative government came in with Cameron and there was a feeling Britain had a significant legacy, particularly in the Gulf. There’s certainly a lot of desire on both sides to build on that,” he said.

(The National News)

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