British foreign minister Liz Truss to pursue trade deal with Gulf countries in her visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar

British foreign minister Liz Truss will be travelling to Qatar and Saudi Arabia this week to pursue  a potential trade deal with Gulf countries as well as to deepen diplomatic ties.

During her visit, Truss will meet her Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, said the British foreign office.

Earlier this month, Britain took the first steps towards starting trade negotiations with the Gulf Cooperation Council in its pursuit of a potential trade deal.

After her posting to the foreign office last month, Truss has tried to align Britain’s economic and trading ambitions with its security, defense and diplomatic agenda in an attempt to maximize London’s global influence following Brexit.

“I want a closer trading and investment relationship with the Gulf and for us to collaborate more closely on issues like intelligence sharing, development, security and defence,” said Truss. She is also scheduled to discuss cooperation on Afghanistan with Qatar, following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul.

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