Press release

PM meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi: 23 February 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May met His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and they discussed regional security, defence and trade.

Theresa May and HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister welcomed His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, to Downing Street today for their first formal bilateral meeting.

They discussed a range of international defence and security matters, and agreed on the importance of efforts to combat terrorism and bring stability to the Middle East. The Prime Minister reiterated the message she gave to the Gulf Co-operation Council Heads of State in December, that Gulf security is fundamental to our security, and that we remain a committed partner on this agenda.

On regional issues, they agreed on the need to find solutions to the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, and stressed the importance of inclusive political settlements as the only way to deliver long-term stability.

The Prime Minister talked about the conference on Somalia that the UK will host this year, and welcomed the Crown Prince’s commitment to work together to ensure Somalia’s recent progress can continue.

They also committed to build on the close and historic bilateral relationship between the UK and United Arab Emirates, including by stepping up our already strong trade and investment ties.

Published 23 February 2017