Society formed to boost ‘historic’ UAE-UK ties

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed (second from left) said relations between the UAE and UK had been growing ‘rapidly’. (AN Photo)
Updated 06 September 2018
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Society formed to boost ‘historic’ UAE-UK ties

  • The Emirates Society will act as a forum to enhance relations between the UAE and UK.
  • An event to launch it was attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE’s minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation.

LONDON: A society has been launched in Britain to boost the already “historic” ties between the UAE and UK, it was announced on Wednesday.
The Emirates Society will act as a forum to enhance relations between the two countries, and work to organize cultural events, social occasions, and talks by politicians and academics.
An event to launch it, held in London, was attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE’s minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation.
Sheikh Abdullah said that relations between the two countries are growing rapidly.
“It’s true that throughout the decades this relationship has been growing. But in the last decade it has been growing really rapidly. I hope that the next decade will make it grow further,” he said.
“I’m very proud that over 100,000 UK citizens consider the UAE as their second home.”
Sheikh Abdullah also pointed to the strengthening ties between the UK and Saudi Arabia, and said the positive changes in the Kingdom “will have a ripple effect throughout the world.”
Sulaiman Al-Mazroui, the UAE ambassador to the UK, said the two countries had a “partnership in the pursuit of peace and moderation in the Middle East.”
“The Emirates Society has been established to help preserve and advance this partnership,” he said.
Al-Mazroui pointed to UK-UAE ties ranging from DP World’s London Gateway port in the UK capital, to the Abu Dhabi ownership of Manchester City Football Club.
Alistair Burt MP, the UK’s minister of state for international development and for the Middle East, said the relationship between Britain and the UAE “makes the world safer.”
The launch of the Emirates Society will be “yet another brick in the wall” in that relationship, he added.
“I hope … this society will look at other aspects of the relationship, look at culture, look at business (and) find the opportunities where people will be able to learn more about the UAE in the United Kingdom,” said Burt.


Ninth lawmaker quits Britain’s opposition Labour Party

Updated 15 min 35 sec ago
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Ninth lawmaker quits Britain’s opposition Labour Party

  • Corbyn, a supporter of Palestinian rights and critic of the Israeli government, has previously been accused by some of failing to tackle anti-Semitism in the party. He denies the allegation

LONDON: British lawmaker Ian Austin resigned from the opposition Labour Party on Friday, the ninth person to do so this week, saying it was “broken” and had been taken over by the “hard left.”

Austin said he was appalled at the treatment of Jewish lawmakers who had taken a stand against anti-Semitism and that the “the party is tougher on the people complaining about anti-Semitism than it is on the anti-Semites.”

“The Labour Party has been my life, so this has been the hardest decision I have ever had to take, but I have to be honest and the truth is that I have become ashamed of the Labour Party under (leader) Jeremy Corbyn,” he told the Express and Star newspaper.

“I could never ask local people to make Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister.”

Corbyn has promised to drive anti-Semitism out of the party.

Austin said he did not currently have any plans to join The Independent Group in parliament, launched by seven of his former Labour colleagues on Monday and since joined by an eighth as well as three former members of the governing Conservatives.

A Labour lawmaker since 2005 and a former government minister, Austin supports Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal and is not in favor of holding a second referendum, putting him at odds with the other Independent Group members.