FNC approves two draft federal laws on Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and diplomatic corps

ABU DHABI, The Federal National Council, FNC, has approved, during the 19th meeting of the 3rd ordinary session of its 16th legislative chapter, which was held today at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, headed by Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the FNC, two draft federal laws on regulating the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the diplomatic and consular corps system.

During the session, which saw the attendance of Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, the FNC highlighted the importance of the two draft laws in regulating country’s ministries and its vital sectors and in keeping pace with the country’s development and foreign relations, in light of the national role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and its success, which reflects the UAE’s relations with its regional and international partners and its support for its citizens abroad while strengthening its regional and international stature.

Dr. Gargash thanked the Defence, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee for its work in preparing the report on the two draft laws, which represent the foundation of the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Their main achievements include the integration of the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its change of name to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the mutual transfer of their specialisations, he added.

The draft law on regulating the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation aims to re-organise the ministry to keep up with the developments in foreign affairs. This is in execution of the requirements to restructure the Federal Government by integrating the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and change its name to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. It also includes transferring the specialisations that were handled by the Ministry of Development and International Cooperation in light of the significant development and expansion in the country’s foreign relations.

The original law, which regulated the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, was issued in 1992 and despite its amendment twice in 2008 and 2016, it requires re-organising with a new law.

Source: Emirates News Agency