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Queen Elizabeth attends UAE-UK Partnership Ceremony

posted on 26/11/2010: 798 views

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attended yesterday the UAE-UK Partnership Ceremony hosted by the British Embassy in the UAE at the Emirates Palace.

UAE Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the British Foreign Secretary William Hague signed at the ceremony the "Abu Dhabi Declaration 2010" reaffirming the UAE-UK Friendship treaty signed in 1971 that asserted that the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom will, in times of need, will consult each other on matters of mutual interest, will promote educational, scientific and cultural cooperation and will recognise close and outstanding trade relations.

In an address made by him at the ceremony, Sheikh Abdullah welcomed HM the Queen and the delegation accompanying her.

Fully endorsing the comments of British Foreign Secretary about the strength and vitality of the partnership between UAE and UK, Sheikh Abdullah said: "I am delighted to see gathered here yesterday so many British people who live and work in the UAE and who make such an extraordinary contribution to our society".

Addressing the Queen Sheikh Abdullah continued: "Your Majesty, many aspects of the UAE have no doubt changed greatly since you were last here, in 1979".

Nevertheless I feel certain that you will encounter the same warm welcome, the same spirit of enterprise and innovation, and the same openness to visitors from all over the world. And I am equally sure that you will witness the same unique relationship that the UAE has always had with the British government and people", he added.

"My late father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and former President of the UAE, signed the Treaty of Friendship with Britain in December 1971", he recalled.

Since that time, British people have been working closely with the UAE and its citizens to harness the potential of our natural resources and to contribute to the development of our country, laying the foundations for its economic success, he stressed.

And this is by no means a one way relationship. The UAE has been making a growing contribution to economic and social life in Britain; Sheikh Abdullah added.

He continued: "Your Majesty, we continue to build on these strong foundations and I am confident that the partnership between our countries will scale even greater heights. Whether in trade or energy, in defence or security, in culture, education or sport, in humanitarian work or promoting peace between nations, the potential is enormous".

"And it is because of this potential and the special bond between our people that I too am proud to sign in Your presence the 2010 Abu Dhabi Declaration, reaffirming the 1971 Treaty of Friendship and further cementing the partnership between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom"; Sheikh Abdullah emphasised.

In his address, the British Foreign Secretary noted that the signing of the 'Abu Dhabi Declaration 2010' comes almost forty years after the signature of the original Treaty earlier in 1971 thus reaffirming that "we stand together to recommit ourselves to the relationship between our two countries".

Noting that he has signed the declaration with Sheikh Abdullah in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, William Hague said: "Britain and the United Arab Emirates share a friendship that is rooted history and reinforced by common interests, mutual respect, and daily contact between our peoples. A million British citizens visit the UAE ever year, and over 100,000 enjoy the benefits of living and working in your country".

Tens of thousands of Emiratis have completed their studies in the United Kingdom or are doing so at this very moment, and many others are regular and valued visitors to our shores; he noted.

William Hague continued: "Our militaries fight side by side in Afghanistan and our law enforcement officials work closely together, contributing to our mutual security. And we enjoy flourishing economic and commercial ties which we greatly value in the United Kingdom and which contribute to the prosperity of both our countries".

"I commend to Your Majesty and to Your Royal Highnesses all that has already been achieved between our two great nations and to realise the vision of the UAE's founding fathers", he added.

"Today's Declaration celebrates the enormous untapped potential in our future relations", he stressed.

He also welcomed the early progress made by the taskforce between our two governments which was established in June, and the memoranda we have signed yesterday on nuclear, consular and visa issues.

William Hague congratulated DP World on its investment in the London Gateway project and welcomed this morning's unveiling of the design for the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, an exciting collaboration between the Abu Dhabi government, Foster + Partners Architects and the British Museum.

"The British government is committed to a relationship with the United Arab Emirates that is based on friendship, trust and equal partnership. I am confident that this Declaration will usher in a future in our relations that is yet more glowing and successful, to the benefit of our all citizens", he stressed. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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