The British government is committed to a relationship with the United Arab Emirates that is based on friendship, trust and equal partnership. I am confident that this Declaration [reaffirming the 1971 Treaty of Friendship between the UK and the UAE] will usher in a future in our relations that is yet more glowing and successful, to the benefit of our all citizens.
Rt Hon William Hague ,
Former UK Foreign Secretary
The deep friendship between the UK and the UAE is based on a unique, shared history and common interests. But even more important than these is our common future. We are committed to strengthening our cooperation on defence and security, as long-standing friends with shared vital interests. Also, with so many important business relationships and investments in both our countries, we both want to build and develop our economic ties.
Rt Hon David Cameron ,
Prime Minister, UK
The UAE in general and Abu Dhabi in particular have become a global success story, a demonstration to the world of what can be possible in the Middle East. A model of openness: business-friendly, tolerant, peaceful and responsible… Our shared history is a unique relationship of which we in the UK are intensely proud.