The Kuwaiti Defence Minister, Sheik Saad Al Abudullah Al Sabah, says his country will continue to spend vast amounts of money on arming his country's fighting forces.
SV & CU EXT. OF Sheik's palace with guard outside. (2 shots)
SV INT. OF room. (2 shots)
CU Kuwaiti Defence Minister Sheik Saad Ali Abdullah Al Sabah speaking in English.
SV PAN Kuwait Defence Minister sound continues over pictures of troops lined up front of armed vehicle. (2 shots)
CU INT. Sheik continues.
TAYLOR: "To find out why Sheik Saad was spending so much money on arms we went to his home in Kuwait City. It too is well protected with British weapons. The was the first time the Sheik had opened his doors to a foreign camera crew. Sheik Saad has collected some of the finest Louis Quinze furniture outside Versailles, and he means to keep it safe."
SHEIK SAAD: "If you are strong, if you have power, ah, people will never dare to ah, cause trouble to you but if you are weak people will never listen to you."
TAYLOR: "So you need more arms?"
SAAD: "Indeed yes."
TAYLOR: "Who is Kuwait defending itself against?"
SAAD: "Well it's ah, to name ah, any country but one has to be always ready. I can't ah, name any country. The first task of the Kuwait Army is to defend our country and the ah, second task to take part in fighting if any Arab country is exposed to any attack or invasion."
TAYLOR: "So you would be prepared to commit kuwaiti soldiers and arms to help the Arabs if there was another round in the Arab/Israeli conflict?"
SAAD: "Well, the answer is yes."
TAYLOR: "So there were no strings attached in the Chieftain deal and there will be no string attached with any deal you may do with Vosper Thorny-croft?"
SAAD: "That's true yes."
REPORTER: DAVID TAYLOR
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Background: The Kuwaiti Defence Minister, Sheik Saad Al Abudullah Al Sabah, says his country will continue to spend vast amounts of money on arming his country's fighting forces. Although the exact amount involved was not revealed, it's thought the order of expenditure could run into millions of pounds. Sheik Saad also says Kuwait would commit its armed forces to the Arab cause in any future conflict against Israel. this report from the BBC's Panorama reporter, David Taylor.
Vosper Thorny-croft is a British company that designs and builds warships that range in size from patrol boats to frigates.
A spokesman for the company says the Kuwaiti deal is still under negotiation but if it is finalised it could involve a transaction of more than GBP100-million (about US 172-million dollars).
The deal involves selling patrol boats to the Kuwaiti Government but the company spokesman declined to nominate how many boats were involved.