UAE-UK partnership for the future

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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The United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom have been friends and partners for almost five decades. The ties between our homeland and the UK are strong, enduring and close, as highlighted by the tens of thousands of British expatriates who now live in the UAE, and the thousands of UAE citizens who live, study, visit and savor the culture and sporting affiliations between the two nations.

On Thursday, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, paid an official visit to the UK to usher in a new era in relations between the two countries, taking the very special and friendly relations between the two nations at an even higher level.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed Shaikh Mohammad to 10 Downing for a broad discussion and the launch of a new “Partnership for the Future”.

As Shaikh Mohammad noted, “One of the most important aspects of our development plans for the next 50 years is to promote development partnerships with various countries around the world, in particular with the UK.

The new “Partnership for the Future” is based on a common vision that will promote sustainable profitability and address global issues from a multilateral perspective. Indeed, with the United Arab Emirates joining the United Nations Security Council where the United Kingdom is a permanent member with veto power, this new era of close cooperation bodes well for the strategic and critical work being done in the United Nations. highest echelon of international relations. Indeed, the Prime Minister congratulated the United Arab Emirates for its essential role in assisting international partners and the Afghan people in the days following the takeover by the Taliban.

Historically, Britain has played a long-standing strategic role in the Gulf and the wider region, helping to ensure stability and peace, and this new partnership will boost trade, investment and innovation.

There are many areas of mutual interest between the UAE and the UK, and the new partnership explains how the two will work together to improve trade, policy, environmental and wider ties. Following Sheikh Mohammad’s visit, the two governments pledged to work together in areas such as life sciences, innovation, energy, illicit financing, education, security, development, culture, health and food security.

As world leaders meet in Glasgow in six weeks for Cop26, Shaikh Mohammad and Boris Johnson agreed that meaningful action on climate change is urgently needed.

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