LONDON, 28th October 2016 (WAM) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met Boris Johnson, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in London on Thursday.

During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah Johnson discussed ties of friendship between the two countries and ways to enhance them.

The meeting also touched on means to further bilateral cooperation in all domains, and the importance of developing them, in a way that would meet the two countries’ aspirations.

The two sides reviewed aspects of coordination and consultation on bilateral issues, as well as the current regional and international developments. They also exchanged views on topics of mutual interest.

Sheikh Abdullah emphasised the importance of UAE’s bilateral relations between the United kingdom and praised the progressive ties between the two friendly countries and peoples.

Underlining the need to enhance cooperation in commercial, economic and investment fields, Sheikh Abdullah called for tangible steps to finalise signing of a free trade agreement between the GCC countries and the UK, especially after the latter’s exist from the European Union.

He said the GCC countries are committed to sustaining and strengthening commercial cooperation with the UK.

Secretary Boris Johnson welcomed Sheikh Abdullah and his accompanying delegation, saying that his visit to the UK reflected the keenness of the leaderships in the two countries to develop relations and to exchange officials visits to serve the interests of the two friendly peoples.

He added that his country was looking forward to deepening such mutually beneficial relations, saying the UAE’s success story had won a wide regional and international respect.

The meeting was attended by Sulaiman Hamid Al Mazroeui, UAE’s Ambassador to the UK.

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