A package of new measures announced by the Defense Secretary has reaffirmed the UK’s support to Gibraltar. On his first visit since becoming Secretary of State, Michael Fallon paid tribute to those working to support defense activities in Gibraltar and emphasized the strategic importance of the permanent joint operating base there.
During a period of immense global instability, let there be no doubt that the UK remains absolutely dedicated to ensuring the defense and protection of Gibraltar, its people and British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, said Secretary Fallon.
The top British official discussed unlawful incursions into territorial waters by Spanish state vessels, and stressed the UK’s commitment to upholding Gibraltar’s sovereignty with a range of naval, police and diplomatic responses.
My visit proves once more that the UK takes Spanish incursions very seriously, and will continue to deal robustly with them, added Fallon.
The minister met with the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, and signed an agreement under which the UK and Gibraltar will equally share the cost of the first resurfacing work at Gibraltar Airport in 20 years.
The improvement will support both commercial and military use of Gibraltar Airport.
The Defense Secretary welcomed the Chief Minister’s commitment to introduce legislation to place the Royal Gibraltar Regiment on the same footing as its British Army counterparts, highlighting its valuable contribution both in Gibraltar and deployed on operations.