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British Prime Minister David Cameron will visit the Gulf and Middle East on a three-day diplomacy and trade trip this week, his office said on Monday, adding that selling BAE Systems-built fighter jets would be high on the agenda.

Cameron will visit the United Arab Emirates on Monday, and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday before travelling to another destination in the Middle East, in a trip his office said “was to help Britain compete and thrive in the global race”.

The trip is part of a push to improve overseas demand for British goods and services to help drag Britain’s economy into a period of sustained growth after the global financial crisis.

In the UAE, Cameron will showcase the Typhoon fighter jet to Emirati ministers, and both Cameron’s office and BAE officials have said the Emiratis have shown an interest in placing an order for up to 60 of the aircraft.

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