Ministerial visits from the UK to the Persian Gulf: general

FCO 8/3814 1981 Jan 01 - 1981 Dec 31

This file concerns ministerial visits to the Gulf. It contains correspondence concerning:

  • The proposed visit of Minister of State for Industry Kenneth Baker to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, India, and the Philippines to promote telecommunications sales; rearrangements to avoid clashes with other visits and events; proposals for a visit to Ras Al Khaimah; the programme of Baker's meetings in the UAE; and political background and personality notes
  • The development of a future visiting programme between the UK and Qatar to capitalise on the success of the Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher’s visit
  • The visit of the Minister for Local Government and Environmental Services Thomas J King to Iraq, Abu Dhabi and Dubai; King’s travel arrangements, affected by the Iran-Iraq War; the composition of the accompanying party; and the postponement and rearrangement of the visit to allow for a lengthier stay in Baghdad and the UAE
  • The visit of Prime Minister Thatcher to Kuwait and Bahrain
  • The stop over of the Queen in Abu Dhabi on her way to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Australia
  • The proposed visit of the Secretary of State for Education Mark Carlisle to Qatar
  • The proposed visit by Secretary of State for Energy David Howell to Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to include a meeting with the UAE Minister of Petroleum Mana Saeed Al Otaiba regarding a possible UK-UAE Energy Committee; concerns relating to the inopportune timing of the visit, coinciding with the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and the commemoration of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war in Egypt; the question of excluding Dubai from the visit; Howell’s itinerary; and the cancellation of the visit due to Howell’s replacement by Nigel Lawson in the Cabinet reshuffle in September 1981
  • The proposed formation of a working group under the Department of Trade to examine the trade and commercial policy problems likely to arise during visits by senior ministers to foreign countries
  • The question of the Prime Minister stopping over in the Gulf on her return from Pakistan
  • P R M Hinchcliffe’s offers for ministerial visitors and their staff to stay with him during their visits to Dubai
  • The planned visit of Minister of State for Health Dr Gerard Vaughan to Saudi Arabia