Visit by Margaret Thatcher, UK Prime Minister, to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman and Qatar, April 1981

FCO 8/3824 1981 Jan 01 - 1981 Dec 31

This file relates to a visit by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to India, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf States of Oman, the UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) and Qatar. It contains correspondence and memoranda concerning:

  • The Saudi press reaction
  • HMG's belief that the visit was a success, even more so given the election defeat of French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing; and that hopefully British firms will benefit
  • Notes on the briefs for the visit
  • H D A C Miers' belief that the main objective in Oman, of reassuring the Omanis of HMG's political interest and support, had been achieved
  • The question of what to do with the Prime Minister's gift to UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, which was left behind
  • A complaint by Omani Foreign Minister Qais Bin Abdul Munim Al Zawawi about a reference in a BBC radio broadcast to the Prime Minister being briefed by British rather than Omani officers
  • An account of the visit to the UAE by the British Chargé d'Affaires at Dubai D K Haskell
  • A note of thanks from King Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud