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Boris Johnson appointed Foreign Secretary

Theresa May was officially appointed as prime minister by the Queen on Wednesday. Mrs May quickly set to work on forming her first Cabinet. Boris Johnson was appointed Foreign Secretary while Philip Hammond was made Chancellor.
Mr Johnson said that he was “humbled and proud” by the news – watch the video here .
Asked for his thoughts on Boris Johnson’s appointment as Foreign Secretary this morning, Philip Hammond said: “I […]

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Leo Docherty: Chilcot warns us against wishful thinking about the Middle East

In an article for Conservative Home, Leo Docherty discusses the Chilcot Report and legacy and lessons of the 2003 invasion of Iraq:
 
The release of the Chilcot Report has reminded us, first and foremost, of the trauma of the families of those killed in Iraq; the 179 British service men and women as well as hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.
It […]

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Foreign Secretary’s Eid ul-Fitr message

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond wishes ‘Eid Mubarak’ to all Muslims across the world at the end of Ramadan.
 
The Foreign Secretary said:
I send my best wishes to all Muslims across the world who are celebrating Eid ul-Fitr.
As the holy month of Ramadan ends, friends, family and neighbours will come together for a period of reflection and […]

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Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits the United States

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is in the United States for an official visit this week.
 
Upon his arrival, he met Secretary of State John Kerry at the latter’s residence in Washington.
The US Department of State released a statement after the meeting:
Secretary Kerry hosted Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on June 13 […]

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Sir Alan Duncan MP speaks in Parliament on Saudi Arabia and Yemen

During a Westminster Hall Debate yesterday, CMEC Chairman The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP offered an expert overview of the critical importance of Yemen to stability in the Middle East.
 
Click HERE to watch Sir Alan’s speech
Click HERE to read the transcript of the debate in full

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Ramadan Mubarak! A message from The Prime Minister

The Prime Minister David Cameron has sent his greetings to all Muslim communities for the holy month of Ramadan, in Britain and around the world.
 
In a recorded message from No10 Downing Street, Mr Cameron said:
It’s the holy month of Ramadan – a time when mosques open their doors, community centres welcome in their neighbours, and […]

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CMEC Roundtable: Women in the Middle East

On Tuesday 17th May, the Conservative Middle East Council hosted a roundtable, chaired by CMEC Chairman Charlotte Leslie MP, in Portcullis House entitled “Middle East in Transition: what roles can women play?”.
On the panel were Dr Serra Kirdar, a fellow at St Anthony’s College Oxford, Dr Nervana Mahmoud, a renowned Egyptian blogger, Mrs Baria Alamuddin, […]

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The Queen’s Speech and Britain’s role in world affairs

The Queen delivered her 2016 Speech to both Houses of Parliament at the State Opening of Parliament yesterday.
 
In setting out the government’s agenda for the coming session parliamentary she said that: “My government will continue to play a leading role in world affairs, using its global presence to tackle climate change and address major international security, […]

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Sykes-Picot agreement 100 years old

Today marks the centenary of Sykes-Picot agreement, a secret agreement between Britain and France during World War I, which carved up the domains of the Ottoman Empire upon its defeat.
In the words of CMEC Vice Chairman Kwasi Kwarteng MP, “The Sykes Picot agreement, signed 100 years ago today, was a defining moment in the history of the […]

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Sir Alan Duncan MP speaks in Parliament on UK Gulf relations

During yesterday’s Westminster Hall Debate on UK relations with the Gulf – led by Charlotte Leslie MP – CMEC Chairman Sir Alan Duncan offered an expert overview of Middle East policy issues.
 
Click HERE to watch Sir Alan’s speech
 
Click HERE to read the transcript of the debate in full
 
 
 

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Charlotte Leslie MP leads Westminster Hall Debate on UK Gulf relations

CMEC Vice Chairman Charlotte Leslie MP led a Westminster Hall Debate on UK relations with the Gulf in the House of Commons this morning.
 
She opened the debate by reflecting on the importance of the UK’s friendship with the Gulf states at a time of turmoil in the region. In a debate that included many Conservative interventions, The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, […]

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issue 1 CMEC Behind the Headlines: Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision

CMEC is proud to release a pilot issue of Behind the Headlines: Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision.
 
This new initiative is designed to bridge the gap between our Daily Update and more in-depth publications. Issue 1 explores the detail and significance of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan, which was unveiled  by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman earlier this week.  
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Charlotte Leslie MP: With violent turmoil erupting on Europe’s borders in the Middle East, the stakes just got much higher

In an exclusive article for CMEC, Charlotte Leslie MP discusses the turmoil erupting on Europe’s borders in Turkey and reflects on the European response: 
 
The bus rumbled along the sandy road to Gaziantep, the Turkish town accommodating a large share of Turkey’s enormous refugee camps, just off the Syrian border.  It was September 2015. Amongst other things, […]

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Latest CMEC publication released: A Kingdom in Transition

Following a CMEC visit to Saudi Arabia in April 2016, Kwasi Kwarteng MP and Conservative Middle East Council Director Leo Docherty have collaborated to write A Kingdom in Transition, a CMEC Gulf Program publication.
 
A Kingdom in Transition examines the monumental changes that have taken place over the last three years in the Kingdom and the Gulf region. The leadership […]

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Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond visits Tripoli

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond visited Tripoli yesterday, in a show of support for Prime Minister Fayez al Serraj and the new Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).
 
During the visit he announced £10 million funding to support the GNA. This includes £1.5million for tackling illegal migration, smuggling and organised crime, and £1.8 million to support counter-terrorism […]

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