UK foreign minister to visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar

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UK foreign minister to visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar
UK foreign minister to visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">LONDON</span> – British foreign minister Liz Truss will travel to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week, seeking to further the case for a trade deal with Gulf countries and deepen diplomatic ties.</p> <p>Truss, formerly Britain’s trade minister, will meet her Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during the visit, the foreign office said.</p> <p>Earlier this month Britain took the first steps towards starting trade negotiations with the Gulf Cooperation Council which includes both Saudi Arabia and Qatar.</p> <p>Since moving to the foreign office in a reshuffle last month, Truss has tried to more closely align Britain’s economic and trading ambitions with its diplomatic, defence and security agenda – seeking to maximise the country’s global influence following its exit from the European Union.</p> <p>“I want a closer trading and investment relationship with the Gulf and for us to collaborate more closely on issues like intelligence sharing, development, security and defence,” Truss said.</p> <p>She will also discuss cooperation on Afghanistan with Qatar, which has been hosting talking between the Taliban and Western officials since Taliban forces took control of Kabul.</p> <p/> </div>