Prime Minister’s visit to Bahrain and the Gulf Co-operation Council
- Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence, Department for International Trade, and The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
- Part of:
- Peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates
- 5 December 2016
The Prime Minister met the leaders of the Gulf States to forge a stronger partnership with them focussed on security and prosperity.
Prime Minister Theresa May attended the annual meeting of leaders from the Gulf Co-operation Council. She was the first British Prime Minister and only the third Western leader to be invited to attend and address leaders at the summit.
On her 2-day visit to Bahrain, the Prime Minister sought to open a new chapter in relations between the UK and the Gulf States, which include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman. She renewed centuries-old ties and forge a stronger partnership focussed on security and prosperity with the UK’s third largest export market.
The Prime Minister’s visit follows on from more than 40 bilateral meetings with international leaders in the 5 months since she took office, underlining her commitment to personally ensuring that the UK forges a bold, outward-looking role in the world as we leave the European Union.
Find out more about the Prime Minister seeking new chapter in relations with the Gulf on visit to Bahrain.
Gulf Co-operation Council: key documents
- Joint communiqué for the Gulf Co-operation Council and the UK
- Prime Minister’s speech to the Gulf Co-operation Council
- Prime Minister seeks to turbo-charge trade between the UK and the Gulf
- Prime Minister to boost defence and security co-operation with Gulf allies
- Prime Minister: We are clear-eyed about the threat from Iran
- Gulf States agree action to tackle online child exploitation and modern slavery
View photos from the visit.
Prime Minister speaks about her visit
PM talks to Royal Navy personnel on her first full day in Bahrain
PM discusses working with the Gulf Co-operation Council and Gulf leaders
PM speaks to young Bahraini leaders
Published: 5 December 2016