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UK Foreign Secretary starts visit to Oman and Saudi Arabia to boost ties after “Brexit”

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab began today his first official visit to the Gulf for talks in Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman, expected to focus on trade and economic exchange after “Brexit”.

Raab will go to Oman first for talks with Sultan Haitham bin Tariq and Omani Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yusef bin Alawi.

The minister will then hold talks in Saudi Arabia on trade and Saudi’s presidency of the G20 summit, and UK’s hosting of a climate summit.

“The Gulf is important to the security of the United Kingdom, and the region also holds tremendous opportunities. Oman and Saudi Arabia want to develop sectors such as health, education and culture, which are (sectors) in which Britain leads the world,” Rapp said in a statement.

He added: “I look forward to discussing trade, regional security, climate change and human rights in this vital region.”

During his visit to Saudi Arabia, Rapp will meet with Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.