Delegation of MPs led by Liam Fox lands in UAE to look at progress from Abraham Accords

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Delegation of MPs led by Liam Fox lands in UAE to look at progress from Abraham Accords

Former defence secretary will meet Emirati leaders as part of historic five-day trip, which also includes Mark Garnier, Stephen Crabb, Steve McCabe and Lisa Cameron

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Abraham Accords
Abraham Accords

A delegation of MPs led by former defence secretary Liam Fox has arrived in the United Arab Emirates to observe the progress that has been made since the signing of the Abraham Accords and to encourage other nations to sign on to the agreement.

The first overseas trip by the UK Abraham Accords Group will meet Emirati leaders as part of greater engagement to establish stronger links to the agreement with Israel.

During the five-day trip there will be a meeting in Dubai with members of the Jewish community and talks with youth groups to raise awareness about the accords.

“The Abraham Accords were a bold and visionary step towards peace in the Middle East,” Fox said after landing in the UAE on Sunday.

“Our group is here to express support for the accords, as well as to see for ourselves the spirit of coexistence that is being fostered in the UAE between religions, cultures and nations.”

Dr Liam Fox MP

The former international trade secretary also said the UK could play “an important role in expanding the accords”.

“Our group can contribute to this aim and I look forward to discussing this matter further with Emirati officials during our visit,” he said.

Other MPs on the visit include Mark Garnier, vice chairman of the International Trade Select Committee; Stephen Crabb, parliamentary chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel; Steve McCabe, chairman of Labour Friends of Israel; and Dr Lisa Cameron of the Scottish National Party.

The British delegation will meet UAE government ministers as well as business leaders and will also visit Expo 2020 Dubai, where they are expected to visit the pavilions of all signatories to the Abraham Accords.

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