UAE- British Teamwork holds 8th meeting

Abu Dhabi: Regarding the clean energy, UAE- British teams exchange views on next UN talks about the climate change, known as the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, which will be held in Doha in November.

Dr Gargash and Burt expect the conference would be successful under Qatari leadership.

The two sides welcomed convention of “Abu Dhabi Sustainable Week” during January 2013. They agreed that the event would be a platform for business sector leaders and governments to work together to tackle one of the greatest challenges in the world.

In accordance with a memo of International Development Cooperation signed in March 2012, the ministers welcomed the visit of UAE officials of international assistance to the Department of International Development in the UK to acquire more experience on tackling the management of assistance programme.

The two sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation regarding special assistance programmes to Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The UAE minister greeted the UK for successful hosting of para-olympics, referring to Dubai’s bid to host Expo 2020, and citing the UK’s support in this respect. He added that Dubai is qualified to host the international event given its advanced infrastructure and strategic location.

On the regional issues, the two ministers expressed their concerns about the violence experienced by the Embassies last week- the incidents were denounced by both sides. They called for religious tolerance.

The two side welcomed the recent political development in Somalia, which resulted in formation of new federal parliament and the election of president. They expressed their support to the new government to restore stability nationwide.

The ministers also referred to progress in Yemen in accordance to the initiative drawn by the GCC, which specified the roadmap of political transition in Yemen.

They also welcomed the donors conference held recently, indicating that they were looking forward to next meeting of Yemen friends in New York.

About the Iranian Nuclear Programme, the two sides stressed the need for Iran to take measures to reassure international community about its programme, expressing hope about progress of talks with Iran.

Regarding the Syrian standoff, the two ministers expressed concerns about continuous violence and dire humanitarian situation. They expressed concerns about risk of sectarian violence. The two sides expressed hope about coming Syrian friends meeting in New York. They urged international community to continue support to Syrian people.