Duke of York’s visit to UAE reflects depth of strategic bilateral ties: British Government spokesman

Abu Dhabi, 5 October 2017, WAM - British Government spokesman in the Middle East and North Africa Edwin Samuel has affirmed that the visit of His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, to Abu Dhabi reflected the depth of the strategic bilateral ties between the UAE and Britain, in light of the mutual respect and trust between the two countries.

In his statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Samuel noted that the British-UAE relations were based on strong foundations that were established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. They were aimed to serve the interests of both countries and face their mutual challenges.

Samuel said the British desired that the Arab Gulf would remain an oasis of stability, co-existence and prosperity, hailing the wise approach of the UAE, under President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in its foreign relations which had helped it achieve international respect and appreciation.

He highlighted the fact that the visit of the Duke of York had been achieved with the support of the "Palace Entrepreneurs" initiative, which encouraged entrepreneurs to present their innovative ideas, as well as promote communication between British businessmen and Emirati start-ups in the early stages of their establishment, which confirmed the close co-operation between them in the exchange of experiences to achieve economic development and prosperity for both countries.

The presence of the RFA Cardigan Bay in the UAE and the co-ordination of the British demining activities in the Middle East has proved the strong military co-operation between the two countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


d : 06 October 2017