Ambassador Heads Senior Representatives Meeting to Discuss Deliverables of Last GCC-UK Summit
His Excellency Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Kingdom, headed a meeting at his residence in London on Tuesday, 18 April 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to coordinate efforts and follow-up implementation of the deliverables that stemmed from the GCC-UK summit held in Manama on 6 and 7 of December 2016 between the leaders of the six GCC states and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The meeting was attended by HE Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashed Al Zayani, the GCC Secretary General; their Excellencies GCC Ambassadors and their Deputies in the United Kingdom; The British side was led by Deputy National Security Advisor, Mr. Christian Turner. and British representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office and from the Departments of Defence, Trade and Investment, the Home Office, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The meeting discussions, stemming from the notion of shared security and prosperity stated by the British Prime Minister at the summit, revolved around implementing the outcomes it envisioned and laying a practical foundation for their delivery in the areas of regional security, defence, counter-terrorism, countering violent extremism, border and cyber security, international crimes, trade and investment, and strengthening the strong links between the peoples of the GCC and the UK. A calendar of events and objectives was put in place, that includes exchange visits and multilateral meetings of ministers and heads of relevant departments in GCC member state capitals and in London.
HE the Ambassador conveyed the GCC countries’ appreciation of the efforts made by the Government of the United Kingdom and the continuous efforts of relevant departments in implementing the Manama Summit deliverables. He also noted the positive cooperation between GCC states and the UK, which is a key component of strengthening and reinforcing the strategic partnership.
HE Shaikh Fawaz also thanked and expressed his appreciation to the GCC Secretary General and his GCC counterparts on their efforts in following-up the implementation process and further developing the relationship between all parties. He noted that initiatives like this are critical in promoting the best interests of all parties in the post-Brexit era.