The UK’s relations with the GCC, and Qatar in particular, have witnessed a marked growth in the last decade. Greater trade and investment means that GCC as a whole is the UK’s third largest market after the EU and US. The recent formation of the UK-Qatar Typhoon Squadron further marks the growth in military and security relations between the two countries. The UK is second home to many Gulf nationals and their destination of choice for investment and higher education abroad.
This talk will highlight the changing dynamics and increased ties between the UK and the Gulf State countries.
H.E. Mr Jonathan Wilks CMG took up his posting to Doha in March 2020. He was previously Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq (2017-2019), Oman (2014-2017) and Yemen (2010-2011). He was also the UK Syria Envoy (2012-2014) and Regional Arabic Spokesman (2007-2009), when he was a regular guest in Doha of Al Jazeera.
He joined the FCO in 1989 as an Assistant Desk Officer Iran in the Middle East Department. He has extensive experience working in the Middle East with previous postings in Yemen (2010 to 2011), Saudi Arabia, (1996 to 1999), Sudan (1993 to 1996), and more. He had also served as the Deputy Head of Mission, Baghdad from 2009 to 2010.