Emirates News Agency – Saqr Ghobash meets Speaker of UK House of Commons


LONDON, 10th February, 2022 (WAM) — Saqr Ghobash, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), today met Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the UK House of Commons, at the seat of the UK Parliament as part of his official visit to the United Kingdom (UK).

Both sides highlighted the cooperation and partnership between the UAE and the UK during the meeting, underscoring their mutual keenness to strengthen their parliamentary ties and enhance their coordination in areas of mutual interest.

Ghobash also underlined the historic strategic ties between the UAE and the UK, which are based on a long history of mutual coordination and cooperation, and their keenness to establish the foundations of security and stability in the region. .

He then affirmed the UAE’s condemnation of regional interventions in the internal affairs of Arab countries, emphasizing its full respect for their sovereignty and noting the importance of countering such regional interventions, which obstruct political processes and lead to crises. humanitarians.

An FNC delegation led by Ghobash attended the meeting.

Hoyle welcomed the visit of Ghobash and his delegation and noted its importance in strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

Ghobash further highlighted the progress of relations between the two countries, especially after the recent visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, to the Kingdom. United on September 16, 2021. , which led to the release of a joint statement titled “Partnership for the Future”.

During the visit, long-term investment agreements were signed in various strategic sectors.

Ghobash welcomed the UK’s condemnation of Houthi attacks on civilian facilities in the United Arab Emirates, stressing that his country retains its right to respond to such terrorist attacks, which constitute serious violations of international humanitarian law.

He also underlined the importance of strengthening their coordination in international parliamentary events, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) events, to fight against these terrorist attacks, to support the condemnation of the Houthis by the United Arab Emirates in the regional organizations with representation from the British Parliament, including NATO, and to classify the Houthis as a terrorist organization.

Ghobash officially invited Hoyle to visit the United Arab Emirates before the end of March 2022 and see the British pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

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