Britain is hoping to expand its training and exercise effort with countries in the Arabian Gulf, but is not looking to strike any further basing agreements on the lines of the naval accord with Bahrain late last year, according to the UK’s defense procurement minister.

“I wouldn’t rush to suggest we have any further bases agreement in mind, but we are looking at measures to see what is the appropriate structure for an exercise and training regime for our friends in the Gulf,” Philip Dunne Dunne told reporters on the opening day of the IDEX show on Sunday.

Dunne said British forces had conducted operations with gulf nation forces in Afghanistan, Libya and to a degree now in Iraq, and it’s appropriate to consider issues such as interoperability and to “look at how we do things and build partnerships [in the region] for the 21st century.” […]