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UK-UAE relations based on mutual respect and understanding

posted on 06/11/2012: 1673 views



British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday insisted that the UK's support to human rights worldwide does not mean it lectures or preach other countries which have different approaches to democracy and reforms.

"The UK very much strongly believes that giving people jobs and voice is vital for creating stable and prosperous societies.

And we have initiatives supporting around the world, but that does mean that we preach or lecture." "Different countries take different pathways to becoming more open societies."

Cameron stressed that "We should be respectful of the different journey countries can take and we should be respectful of different traditions and different cultures." "But I do think that standing up for human rights and standing up for the right of people to have jobs and voice around the world is important."

Further commenting on the EU Parliament's resolution on human rights in the UAE, the British premier said " three quarters of the students (who were interacting with him) in the hall at Zayed University yesterday were women." "Nothing is off the limits in the relationship" between the UAE the UK, according to Cameron who said the two countries are like "a family." "When you are close friends and partners, it is like a family.

You have to be able discuss the difficult things as well as the easy things. That is the sort of relationship that we have. It is based on mutual respect and understanding and it is not a relationship based on lecturing "David Cameron further said.

All countries would benefit from democracy and preserve their own traditions but it does not mean that democracy is all about elections for a four or five-year term. Rather it is about access to education and universities and getting jobs, according to Cameron Speaking about the United Nations' efforts to protect human rights' worldwide, Cameron said the international organisation's "vital role is not perfect." Cameron said he was "saddened" by the fact that the international organisation "has failed to stand up for the oppressed people in Syria and end the brutality of the Syrian regime."

"Countries (which) saw what Colonel Qaddafi was doing (and how he was brutalising his own people), and the United Nations were able to pass a very strong resolution to end the brutality and then an alliance of countries such as the UAE and Qatar) was able to act and help the people of Libya. This was fully endorsed by the United Nations."

"But in the case of Syria, China and Russia have not been prepared to see a really strong resolution what (President) Assad has done to his own people." The British Prime Minister stressed the need for determination to go on pushing at the United Nations for "tougher resolutions and tougher action against (the Syrian regime) .. to help the Syrian people to throw off this cruel dictator who is murdering so many of his own people.

On television now you see helicopters and aircraft destroying whole districts of (Syrian) towns and cities)." The British premier stressed that the strong relations with the UAE are not limited to being just about people and prosperity.

"It is also about security and stability. There is already very strong and enduring partnership between the United Kingdom and UAE, that is not only about people and prosperity. There is also a partnership for prosperity and it is extra open in terms of welcoming investments." He cited Somalia and Libya among areas of security cooperation between his country and the UAE.

"Yes we have a great partnership. Yes we have strong relations between our peoples and institutions," Cameron added.

"What will be interesting is how you are going to meet the challenge or taking your country off and achieving as much in the next thirty years," the British premier told Zayed University students at a meeting yesterday.

Describing all UK's universities as excellent institutions as Cambridge and Oxford and Edinburgh, Cameron stressed there is no limit on the numbers of UAE students who can study in the UK. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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