UAE, UK Discuss Boosting Ties

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Both the countries have discussed the situation in the Middle East region and a series of international issues of common interest…reports Asian Lite News

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday met with his UK counterpart Liz Truss, as part of his official visit to the UK.

Sheikh Abdullah and Sajid Javid

The friendship ties between the UAE and the United Kingdom and ways to enhance the prospects of cooperation in all fields, including economic, trade, investment and climate change, featured high during the meeting.

The two top diplomats affirmed the determination of their countries to strengthen their strategic partnership, especially following the recent visit of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, to the UK, and his meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the announcement of the ‘Partnership for the Future’ between the two nations.

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They also discussed the situation in the Middle East region and a series of international issues of common interest.

Sheikh Abdullah underlined the longstanding relations between the UAE and the United Kingdom, noting that the “Partnership for the Future” is conducive to creating promising opportunities for joint cooperation and contributes to achieving sustainable prosperity and strengthening international peace and security.

The meeting was attended by Ambassador of UAE to Abdullah Khalfan Juma Balhoul.

Sheikh Abdullah and COP26 President Alok Sharma

Abdullah meets COP26 Prez

The UAE is keen on working with the United Kingdom to develop proactive plans for climate change mitigation, said Abdullah bin Zayed.

Sheikh Abdullah made the remarks during a meeting he had today with Alok Sharma, British Minister of State and President for COP26 in London on Monday.

During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah and Sharma reviewed the historical ties of friendship between the two countries and ways to enhance bilateral cooperation, particularly in the environment, climate change and clean energy domains.

Sheikh Abdullah underlined UAE’s keenness to work with the UK to develop proactive and efficient mitigation plans for climate change, in a way that will ensure sustainable future for generations to come.

He also stressed the importance of cementing international cooperation to address climate change challenges He referred to the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference, which will be hosted by the UK in November, saying that the UAE had submitted its bid to host the 28th edition of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) in Abu Dhabi in 2023.

He also highlighted the country’s recent announcement of the Net Zero 2050 Strategic Initiative.

Sheikh Abdullah and Nadhim Zahawi

Meeting with health, education ministers

Sheikh Abdullah also met UK health secretary Sajid Javid, and education secretary Nadhim Zahawi as part his official visit to the UK.

During the meeting, which was held in the presence of Minister for Technology, Innovation and Life Sciences, Lord Kamall, they discussed the prospects of strengthening the friendship and cooperation between ties the two countries, especially in the health sector.

Sheikh Abdullah stressed the UAE’s keenness to accelerate knowledge transfer and exchange of expertise between the two nations in this field, pointing to the importance of investing in the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and turning them into opportunities that contribute to supporting international efforts to strengthen the global health system.

The UAE top diplomat also met with Nadhim Zahawi, Minister of Education, and discussed the longstanding relations between the two countries, especially in the field of education.

He affirmed the UAE’s determination to enhance aspects of joint cooperation with UK in all fields, including the education sector, highlighting the presence of a large number of Emirati students in British universities and British students learning in UAE-based colleges.