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  HE the GCCSG: It's Important to Follow up and Strengthen the Ties between the Council and the UK, including the FTA between the Two Sides, which is an Essential Element of the Strategic Partnership

General Secretariat - New York

His Excellency Mr Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi,  Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), stressed the importance of following up and strengthening the ties between the Council and the United Kingdom (UK), including the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two sides, which is an essential element of the strategic partnership and will contribute to achieving common interests.

This came during His Excellency’s meeting with His Excellency Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and United Nations at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) today, Saturday, September 23, 2023, on the sidelines of the meetings of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States of America.

His Excellency stated that several topics were discussed during the meeting, most notably following up on the developments in the negotiations of the FTA between the Council and the UK and Northern Ireland, in addition to following up on the outcomes of the recently held GCC-British ministerial meeting. 

They also reviewed the latest developments at the regional and international levels of common interest, especially in enhancing regional and global security and stability.