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UAE- British Teamwork holds 8th meeting

posted on 18/09/2012: 2030 views



The UAE- British Teamwork held here yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs its 8th meeting chaired by both Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Alistair Burt, Minister for Middle East Affairs, South Asia at the British Foreign Ministry.

Present was Dr Hadef Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice.

The two sides welcomed in a statement the growing relations between the UAE and the UK, indicating that they were looking forward to further boosting cooperation in next months and years. They also welcomed effective cooperation in the areas of defence and security.

The two sides welcomed the setting up of Centre for Combating Extreme Violence, to be hosted by Abu Dhabi. They expressed the importance and functions of the centre. The UK stressed commitment to recruit experts to work at the centre.

Both sides also discussed how best to ease travel procedures between the two countries, citing that the visitors to UAE from the UK were higher compared to any other country, while about 190, 000 Emiratis had visited the UAE in the same year.

Gargash and Burt hoped for early signing of the Criminal Extradition Agreement between the UAE and UK. They also discussed issues of illegal financing.

The two ministers said there were many opportunities that could bolster trade and investment between the two countries. The UAE is currently the biggest host for the UK exports in the Middle East and North Africa. The two countries are working to reach the trade exchange volume of Dhs65billion by 2015.

They also welcomed viability of the UAE- British Business Council, which includes CEOs of companies from both countries. It will hold its third meeting soon since it was set up in 2011.

The two sides also look forward to the Abu Dhabi Investment Forum to be held in London on Oct. 16, and the meeting of Joint Economic Committee on Oct. 15. They also discussed cooperation in the areas of education.

Regarding the clean energy, both sides exchanged views on next UN talks about the climate change, known as the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which will be held in Doha in November.

Dr Gargash and Burt expect the conference would be successful under Qatari leadership.

The two sides welcomed convention of "Abu Dhabi Sustainable Week" during January 2013. They agreed that the event would be a platform for business sector leaders and governments to work together to tackle one of the greatest challenges in the world.

In accordance with a memo of International Development Cooperation signed in March 2012, the ministers welcomed the visit of UAE officials of international assistance to the Department of International Development in the UK to acquire more experience on tackling the management of assistance programme.

The two sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation regarding special assistance programmes to Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The UAE minister greeted the UK for successful hosting of Paralympics, referring to Dubai's bid to host Expo 2020, and citing the UK's support in this respect. He added that Dubai is qualified to host the international event given its advanced infrastructure and strategic location.

On the regional issues, the two ministers expressed their concerns about the violence experienced by the Embassies last week- the incidents were denounced by both sides. They called for religious tolerance.

The two sides welcomed the recent political development in Somalia, which resulted in formation of new federal parliament and the election of president. They expressed their support to the new government to restore stability nationwide.

The ministers also referred to progress in Yemen in accordance to the initiative drawn by the GCC, which specified the roadmap of political transition in Yemen.

They also welcomed the donors conference held recently, indicating that they were looking forward to next meeting of Yemen friends in New York.

About the Iranian Nuclear Programme, the two sides stressed the need for Iran to take measures to reassure international community about its programme, expressing hope about progress of talks with Iran.

Regarding the Syrian standoff, the two ministers expressed concerns about continuous violence and dire humanitarian situation. They expressed concerns about risk of sectarian violence. The two sides expressed hope about coming Syrian friends meeting in New York. They urged international community to continue support to Syrian people. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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