Ministerial visits from the UK to the Persian Gulf

FCO 8/3460 1980 Jan 01 - 1980 Dec 31

This file relates to ministerial visits to the Gulf. It contains correspondence and briefing papers on:

  • The visit of the Health and Social Security Secretary Patrick Jenkins in November 1980; his meeting with the Ruler of Bahrain Amir Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, Bahrain's Health Minister Dr Ali Fakhroo, the Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, and Labour Minister Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Bin Mohammad Al Khalifa; and an interview in Middle East Health dated November 1980 concerning the UAE
  • A planned visit to the Gulf by the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in April 1981, scheduled for the UAE, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia; the question of whether difficulties of protocol might arise on account of her gender
  • A proposed visit in January 1981 by the Defence Secretary Francis Pym to the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain
  • A planned visit to Morocco and Egypt in January 1981 and a subsequent visit to the Gulf by the Foreign secretary Lord Carrington [Peter Alexander Rupert Carington]
  • Briefing papers for a planned visit to the Gulf in January 1981 by the Energy Secretary David Howell with briefing papers including profiles of: the President of the UAE Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Vice President Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, the UAE's Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Mana Saeed Al Otaiba; the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Minister of Petroleum and Finance Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Khalifa Al Thani; Commander-in-Chief of Qatar's Armed Forces Major General Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani; the Amir of Bahrain, the Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa, Bahrain's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Bin Mubarak Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Minister of Commerce and Agriculture Habib Ahmad Qasim, and the Minister of Development and Industry Yusef Shirawi
  • The text of Mr Howell’s speech to the Bahrain Society of Engineers on 8 January 1981
  • Calls for an environment minister to visit Kuwait concerning commercial opportunities connected with town planning
  • The planned visit of the Lord Privy Seal Ian Gilmour to Kuwait, Oman, and Syria
  • A planned visit by the Minister of State Douglas Hurd to the Gulf in February 1981, including a stop in Oman, and talks in UAE involving Sir Freddie Page of British Aerospace
  • The unwillingness of HMG for a cabinet-level minister to visit Iraq while war continues with Iran
  • A schedule of ‘inward’ and ‘outward’ state and ministerial visits to the UK; the invitations extended to the Kuwait Foreign Minister, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the Iraqi Foreign Minister Dr Sa'adoun Hammadi, and King Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia