UAE’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi has discussed bilateral relations with the UK Secretary of State for Defense Ret Hon Gavin Williamson, who is currently visiting the country, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
Minister Al Bowardi welcomed the guest and his accompanying delegation and discussed with him mutual cooperation and ways to strengthen and develop them to serve their common interest. The meeting reviewed areas of coordination in a number of military and defense fields between the UAE and Britain.
The two sides also discussed a number of issues of mutual interest and reviewed the latest developments in the region.
Philip Parham, UK Ambassador to the UAE, and senior officials of the Ministry of Defense were in attendance.
The UK Secretary of State for Defense also visited Wahat Al Karama, Abu Dhabi’s national and cultural landmark designed to commemorate the sacrifices of the UAE’s brave heroes.
Upon the Secretary’s arrival, he was welcomed by Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, Director of the Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court. During his visit, the Secretary explored Wahat Al Karama’s unique design that embodies the symbols of heroism, honor and sacrifice dedicated to commemorating the martyrs of the UAE.
The visit began with the Honor Guard performing a ceremony, after which Williamson laid a wreath at the memorial, the monument made up of 31 massive aluminum panels leaning on one another to symbolize solidarity between the people and the leadership of the UAE.
He then went on a tour across Wahat Al Karama and listened to a detailed explanation by Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan on its components. Williamson concluded his visit by signing the visitors’ log and lauded the UAE’s heroes for their noble sacrifices and inspiring bravery in the face of adversity.