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The Royal Air Force Red Arrows will kick off their Middle East tour next month. 

They will be flying the flag to help promote Britain with displays in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE, the Ministry of Defence said.

The nine fast-jet pilots have had a busy summer, performing at more than 60 displays, involving precision flying, in front of millions of people across the country and overseas.      

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, who is in Kuwait to review the campaign to defeat so-called Islamic State with commanders in the coalition headquarters, said the displays are part of a programme to promote the United Kingdom's long-standing relations across the Gulf.

He described Kuwait as "a vital partner" and said he would be looking to strengthen military links with more frequent joint exercises.

The aim is to highlight links with the British Armed Forces in each nation visited, to demonstrate that the UK is "open for business", plus also committed to peace and security, according to the MoD. 

Sir Michael is also set to announce a draft Defence Cooperation Accord which covers areas such as loan personnel and support to UK military personnel on training in Kuwait.   

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