United Arab Emirates: Foreign Policy

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Frank Roy Frank Roy Labour, Motherwell and Wishaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his foreign policy objectives are for the United Arab Emirates.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Government are strongly committed to elevating our relations with all our partners across the Gulf including the United Arab Emirates. This is a key priority for this Government, as demonstrated by the visit of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to Abu Dhabi in June, the announcement of the establishment of the UK/UAE Taskforce in July and engagement of Ministers across Government under the Gulf Initiative.

We are expanding our existing cooperation in defence and security, trade and investment, energy, foreign policy co-operation, culture, sport and education. High-level visits such as the State Visit of Her Majesty The Queen to Abu Dhabi later this month celebrate and help develop our partnerships.

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