| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, UK PM Discuss Cooperation, Regional Developments

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, discussed with UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson the historic friendship ties and joint strategic cooperation between the UAE and the UK and ways to enhance relations in the best interest of the two sides.

The Prime Minister met Sheikh Mohamed and his accompanying delegation in London. He welcomed the Crown Prince and emphasized that the visit “represents strong support for developing relations between the two countries.”

The meeting addressed several regional and international issues of mutual interest.

They also reviewed cooperation and the promising opportunities to enhance it in the investment, economic and trade fields, and other vital sectors as part of the ambitious economic, trade, and investment program that the two countries agreed upon last year.

The meeting touched on the latest COVID-19 pandemic developments, and the efforts to contain its humanitarian and economic repercussions, and the importance of strengthening international solidarity during these circumstances to overcome this common global challenge.

It also highlighted the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which will be hosted by the UK next November, and its importance in advancing global efforts to address the climate change challenge.

Both officials exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest, the current developments in the Middle East region and the Mediterranean, and the efforts to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflicts.

Sheikh Mohamed emphasized that the UAE attaches particular importance to its relations with the UK. It is also keen on developing them, especially in the economic, trade, technological domains, and others, as part of implementing the “economic, trade and investment cooperation program” that the two countries agreed upon in December 2020.

“One of the most important aspects of our development projects for the next 50 years is promoting development partnerships with various countries of the world, especially with the UK,” the Crown Prince was quoted by WAM.

He also stressed that Britain shares historic ties and strategic interests with the Arab Gulf region and the Middle East and has a significant role in ensuring their security and stability and dealing with their issues.

Sheikh Mohamed said that the UAE is on the cusp of hosting a major global event, Expo 2020 Dubai.

“We are confident that Britain’s participation will pave the way for more opportunities for economic and development partnership between our two countries.”

The UAE seeks to make this event a turning point on the road to promoting global economic recovery, establishing global partnerships, and finding common ground to confront global challenges, stressed the Crown Prince.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat