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Friday 14th December 2012 | 14:21
Minister of State for International Development, Alan Duncan said:
“I was delighted to host the delegation from the UAE and to have an open exchange of ideas and ways of working, which will help both parties work together to alleviate poverty and suffering in some of the most deprived and conflict ridden areas in the world.
“The UK and UAE share a strong partnership. Both countries have made significant contributions towards humanitarian aid efforts and development assistance. We are keen to see cooperation between the UK and UAE on these issues grow in the future so that our joint efforts will continue to help those in need around the world.
“The visit this week was a first step and we have benefitted a great deal from meeting our counterparts from the UAE. I look forward to continuing close collaboration between our countries.”
"My delegation and I have been delighted by the warm welcome extended to us by the Minister and his staff in the Department for International Development. The UAE, since its establishment in December 1971, has been committed to a benevolent approach towards charity and humanitarian work.
“Due to the UAE's yearly-increasing contribution towards humanitarian aid and development assistance in over 128 countries, we have come to the UK to exchange knowledge and facilitate cooperation between our two countries - working together to provide more effective humanitarian and foreign aid to
countries suffering from poverty, hunger, natural disaster, and conflicts around the world.
“I am sure that exchanging such visits between UK and UAE experts will lead to a closer and stronger understanding of such benevolent work."