date of publication:
Oct 19, 2021 23:36 GMT
Update date: October 20, 2021 0:20 GMT
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will travel to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week to seek a trade deal with Gulf states and strengthen diplomatic ties. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that
The Foreign Ministry said that Terras, who previously held the Ministry of Commerce, will meet with her Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Britain had this month taken the first steps towards starting trade negotiations with the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Since her appointment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a cabinet reshuffle last month, Tras has been seeking to achieve economic and trade goals, in addition to implementing the diplomatic, defense and security agenda, in the hope of strengthening her country’s influence on the international scene after its exit from the European Union.
“I want a closer trade and investment relationship with the Gulf and that we cooperate more on issues such as intelligence sharing, development, security and defense,” Truss said.
The minister will also discuss cooperation regarding Afghanistan with Qatar, which has been hosting talks between the Taliban and Western officials since the movement’s forces took control of the situation in Kabul.