British Foreign Secretary lauds UAE role in region

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H.H. Sheikh Abdullah and William Hague

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah and William Hague(Abu Dhabi) – William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom during his one-day visit to UAE met the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed; the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak; and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region.
British Foreign secretary also visited Abu Dhabi’s Al-Dhafra air base, the largest in the UAE’s seven emirates.
His Highness Shaikh Hamdan welcomed William Hague and stressed the historic relations between the UAE and the United Kingdom. During their meeting, His Highness emphasized on UAE’s keenness to further strengthen relations with the UK.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague was also hosted by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi. During the meeting, both leaders discussed bilateral relations, regional developments and several issues of mutual concern. His Highness praised the relationship between the two countries and looked forward to expand cooperation in several spheres, including energy, education, economy and investment. In an effort to strengthen cooperation, Ministers also signed an agreement to initiate a joint project to build an important highway in Afghanistan. His Highness Sheikh Abdullah while appraising the project said, “It’s a demonstration of the UAE and the UK’s commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan. Once built, the new road will play a significant part in the development of Afghanistan’s economy”.
William Hague later addressed a group of diplomats to the UAE about requirements in regional diplomacy. While lauding UAE’s cooperation he said, “The UAE was one of the first partners to whom we turned in looking for allies. The role played by UK and UAE diplomats, military personnel and humanitarian organizations is exemplary”.