UK/UAE Joint Committee

FCO 8/2664 1976 Jan 01 - 1976 Dec 31

This file concerns the UK-UAE Joint Committee, during the period December 1975 to April 1976. It contains correspondence relating to:

  • The proposal for the establishment of a UK-UAE joint committee for bilateral and triangular development projects in which the UAE would provide financial assistance and the UK would provide expertise for development projects in Abu Dhabi and other countries
  • A conversation between Foreign Secretary James Callaghan and the Foreign Minister of the UAE Sayyed Ahmad Al Suwaidi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 29 November 1975. It includes the joint statement by Callaghan and Suwaidi on the proposed joint committee
  • A conversation between A D Harris and Under-Secretary at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sayyed Abdulla Al Mazrouei about the composition of the committee and its operation
  • The notes on a meeting hosted by Under-Secretary at the Department of Trade J Caines. It includes an earlier Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and Brazil concerning 'consultations on matters of common interest'
  • A letter from Ambassador D J McCarthy to Suwaidi about the committee, 7 February 1976
  • The invitation of Foreign Minister Suwaidi and a small party for an official visit to London
  • The potential dates, venue and agenda for the first meeting of the UK-UAE Joint Committee
  • The role of Secretary of State for Trade Peter Shore in the operation of the committee, in view of his earlier reception by the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum
  • The possible meetings of Suwaidi with Prime Minister Callaghan and David Eannals MP
  • The members of Suwaidi's party for the first meeting of the joint committee in London, namely: Zaki Nusseibeh, Mohammad Ahmad Mahmoud and Abdul Rahim Mahmoud
  • The steering brief for the inaugural meeting of the UK-UAE Joint Committee; the programme, venue and agenda for the Committee; and annexes on the Abu Dhabi Fund for Arab Economic Development, the UK role in development, and inward investment in the UK