Abu Dhabi Crown Prince HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed meets British Prime Minister Theresa May to improve bilateral relationship and strategic tie up in key sectors….reports Kaliph Anaz for Asian Lite News
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has discussed with Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, friendship and co-operation, and ways to strengthen them.
Theresa May welcomed Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and praised the historical friendship that links the two countries. She underlined the British government’s keenness to develop these relations to serve the common interests of the two parties.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed highlighted the durability and depth of the historical ties between the two countries, and the two friendly peoples.
The two parties reviewed the cooperation and coordination within the framework of the keenness of leaders of the two countries to enhance this cooperation to wider horizons.
They also tackled a number of the latest regional and international developments, and exchanged views on them.
The two parties emphasised that the UAE and the United Kingdom would continue their joint efforts through coordination, consultation and cooperation on issues of concern to promote peace, security and stability in the region and the world.
The meeting was attended by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, KhaldoonKhalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority, and a number of British officials.
The British Prime Minister reiterated the message she gave to the Gulf Co-operation Council Heads of State in December, that Gulf security is fundamental to our security, and that we remain a committed partner on this agenda.
“Gulf security is our security. Extremists plotting terror attacks here in this region are not only targeting the Gulf but, as we have seen, targeting the streets of Europe too,” Mrs May said at a GCC leaders meeting in Manama. “Whether we are confronting the terrorism of Al Qaeda or the murderous barbarity of Daesh, no country is a more committed partner for you in this fight than the United Kingdom.
“Today UK servicemen and women are putting their lives on the line at the heart of the international mission against Daesh in Iraq and Syria. We are making progress. And as we are seeing with the current operations in Mosul, the days of Daesh as an occupying force are numbered.
“Through our close co-operation on counter-terrorism we are succeeding in foiling terrorist plots and a range of threats against citizens in all our countries. For example, intelligence we have received in the past from Saudi Arabia has saved potentially hundreds of lives in the UK.And by focusing not just on violent extremism, but on the whole spectrum of extremism, violent and non-violent, at home and abroad, we are not just going after the terrorists but working to address the causes of this terrorist threat by targeting the ideology of extremism and all those who seek to spread it.”
On regional issues, the UAE and British leaders agreed on the need to find solutions to the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, and stressed the importance of inclusive political settlements as the only way to deliver long-term stability.
The British Prime Minister also talked about the conference on Somalia that the UK will host this year, and welcomed the Crown Prince’s commitment to work together to ensure Somalia’s recent progress can continue.
They also committed to build on the close and historic bilateral relationship between the UK and United Arab Emirates, including by stepping up our already strong trade and investment ties.