Mohamed bin Zayed receives British parliamentary delegation

WAM Abu Dhabi, 18th Nov. 2013 (WAM) – His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received on Monday at Al Bahr Palace a visiting British parliamentary delegation.

The delegation of seven members of the British Parliament includes three members of the Conservative Party and one member of the Liberal Democrat Party, both of which form the Government Coalition in Britain; and three members of the opposition Labour Party. The Labour members include the shadow defence minister and the shadow Minister for the Middle East.

Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the British MPs, hailing the historic, deep, strong bilateral ties in various fields. He affirmed the keenness of the UAE wise leadership to support and expand these relations to serve the best mutual interest of the friendly countries and peoples.

Sheikh Mohamed stressed the importance of intensifying visits and contacts between the two countries, particularly visits of parliamentary delegations, so as to discuss ways of taking bilateral ties to new heights so as to portray the direct vivid image of the strength of bonds between the Emirati and British peoples and explore available opportunities for further bolstering bilateral ties and to voice different points of view.

Sheikh Mohamed briefed the British MPs on the UAE’s vision under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to achieve inclusive development and more developmental achievements.

The visiting delegation also heard the UAE’s point of view on a variety of topics of mutual concern.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed latest regional and international developments and a broad range of issues of common interest.

For their part, the British MPs expressed their delight at visiting the UAE and meeting with senior officials to familarise themselves with the progress the UAE has made in all walks of life, notably the UAE parliamentary experiment. They affirmed the UK’s keenness to enhance growing bonds of friendship and cooperation with the UAE, praising its vital role in the international scene and its progress under its wise leadership.

The two sides also asserted the importance of bilateral cooperation and consultation in parliamentary affairs and exchange of experiences and experiments for improving parliamentary performance.

The meeting was attended by Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC),H.H.

Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative in the Eastern Region, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation ,H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs,H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court,H.H. Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Etihad Airways ,Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and a number of Sheikhs.

Present also was the British Ambassador to the UAE, Dominic Jermey.

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