UAE, UK sign 2 MoUs on creation of Dialogue of Values and Qualification of Frameworks.

WAM LONDON, 1st May, 2013 (WAM)–The Governments of the United Arab Emirates and of the United Kingdom today signed two memoranda of understanding on the creation of a Dialogue of Values and Qualification of Frameworks.

H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Foreign Minister, signed on behalf of the UAE, while the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, signed on behalf of the United Kingdom.

The two memoranda were signed as part of the State Visit of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the United Kingdom.

The Dialogue of Values will be supervised by the UAE-UK Taskforce, jointly chaired by Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and Alistair Burt, British Parliamentary Under Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. The first meeting will be held this month, with follow-up meetings at six-monthly intervals. The discussions will strengthen cultural and political understanding between the UAE and the UK, as well as exploring the developments in the Middle East and North Africa.

Under the terms of the memorandum on qualifications, the two sides will prepare a list on the quality institutions in both countries to promote understanding and achieve partnership and ensure quality. They will also exchange information about the qualifications endorsed by the higher education institutions in both countries. The two sides will work to set content of the education programmes. They will inform each other about symposia, training sessions and mutual visits in both countries.

Sheikh Abdulla held talks with Hague in London this morning on ways to strengthen the relations between the two friendly countries, and cooperation ties in the best interest of both.

The meeting also stressed the importance of coordination and consultations to further consolidate relations. The two sides also discussed the political and security situations in the region and the Middle East in the light of political developments in the Arab world.

The UAE Foreign Minister said the UAE President’s visit to the UK and the talks held yesterday between Sheikh Khalifa and Queen Elizabeth, as well as two memoranda of understanding, will contribute to the shared desire to strengthen relations.

He expressed his satisfaction at the cooperation and historic friendship between the two countries.

For his part, the British Foreign Secretary praised the relations between the UAE and the UK, citing their cooperation on a number of issues of common interest. MN/PH WAM/MMYS