CMEC is delighted to announce that The Rt Hon Sir Hugo Swire KCMG MP has now formally taken the helm as Chariman of CMEC. As a former Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Hugo brings a wealth of experience to the role. He is a longstanding friend of CMEC and the Middle East.
A personal video message from Sir Hugo:
A written note from Sir Hugo:
I’m delighted to become Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council this week, taking over from Sir Alan Duncan. Alan has been a superb Chairman over the last year and leaves CMEC firmly established and respected among Conservatives.
I am particularly delighted to be back in a role I much enjoyed before the 2010 election and my renewed involvement in CMEC reflects my longstanding interest in the Middle East.
Having been a Minister of State in the Foreign Office for the last four years I understand British foreign policy. And without doubt, the Middle East is of unparalleled importance.
For that reason CMEC is more active and more important than ever before. It’s imperative that Conservatives seek to understand the Middle East and appreciate the many challenges facing that region. But we must also recognise and celebrate the diversity and dynamism of the region. And we must appreciate the wealth of commercial opportunities the Middle East presents and - more importantly - the many longstanding friendships and historic alliances we have across the region.
CMEC has a busy program for this autumn and I am delighted that we will also be launching a new and improved website in the coming days.
Whether on Syria, Palestine, the Gulf, Egypt, Iran or the many other countries across the region CMEC will continue under my Chairmanship to facilitate a greater understanding of the issues, and to allow Conservative parliamentarians to travel to different parts of the region to see it for themselves.
I look forward to seeing you at a CMEC event soon.
The Rt Hon Sir Hugo Swire KCMG MP