Britain to Boost Ties with Arab Countries after EU Withdraw

London, 13 Muharram 1438/14 October 2016 (MINA) – British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday London will seek closer economic ties with the Arab world following the United Kingdom decision earlier this year to leave the European Union, KUNA reported.

Speaking to House of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, Johnson said “we believe, and I certainly believe, after Brexit in particular, and after our decision to have a new position in the world, that we need to be more outward looking than ever before, more engaged than ever before with the Arab world.”

Johnson also revealed that British Prime Minister Theresa May will be a guest host in the upcoming GCC summit, scheduled to be held in the Kingdom of Bahrain next December.

The former London mayor, was named foreign minister to lead the country out of the EU after a June referendum saw the majority of Britons vote to leave the 28-nation bloc.

After leaving EU, UK eyes free trade with China, Australia and India, and with many other countries,British Finance Minister Philip Hammon said. (T/R07/R01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)