UK-Mauritania - Relations

Political & Diplomatic ties:
  • British Foreign Secretary, RH William Hague visits Mauritania  on October 18 th 2011

In a first diplomatic visit of its kind by a British Foreign Minister to Mauritania, William Hague expressed his delight in visiting Nouakchott for the first time and made the following declaration:

"It is a pleasure to visit Mauritania. This is the first visit ever by a British Foreign Secretary. It is a sign of our interest in a closer partnership with Mauritania over the coming years, and of Mauritania’s growing role in regional issues, as well as foreign policy as a whole.

“We wish to engage with Mauritania as serious partners in security and foreign policy. Mauritania is in the frontline of the growing security threat from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and is an important partner for discussions on Libya, Cote d’Ivoire and wider African issues.”

“But the purpose of my visit was not just to discuss security. We are looking at ways we can help Mauritania on political reform, good governance and human rights, all of which are essential to Mauritania’s future development….

“For all these reasons this was an important and landmark visit and we look forward to building on the cooperation we have established today. As a sign of this we are delighted that Mauritania has expressed its intention to reopen an Embassy in London.”

For full details please click on links below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/foreign-secretary-visits-mauritania
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/278251/Hague-hails-trip-to-Mauritania

  • UK Prime Minister's special envoy for the Sahel, Stephen O'Brien Visits Mauritania on  September 06th 2013

UK Prime Minister's special envoy for the Sahel

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz met with the UK prime minister's special envoy for the Sahel, Stephen O'Brien, who is visited Mauritania.

Following the meeting O'Brien said in a statement to the Mauritanian News Agency (AMI) that he discussed with the Mauritanian president issues of security and stability in the region.

He added that he also discussed the development of bilateral trade between the two countries, with an emphasis on Britain's support for the positive efforts made by Mauritania to strengthen stability and security in this region.

  • Official visit by Minister Alistair Burt to Nouakchott on July 02nd 2013

Official visit by Minister Alistair Burt to Nouakchott

The Video


Mauritanian Minister of Economic Affairs & Developement Mr. Sidi Ould Tah participates in the "Nutrition for Growth" Summit that took place in London on June 8th 2013

For more details please click on link below: Please note that the Minister's speech begins from the 27th minute in the video

https://event.webcasts.com/viewer/event.jsp?ei=1018225

UK- Mauritania - Trade

In 2010 UK exports to Mauritania were worth around £43.6m and imports around £2.4m.

Mauritanian Iron Ore exports to the UK (2000 - 2007)

(Unit: millions of tonnes)

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Iron exports

10,068

11,069

10,242

9,412

10,724

10,568

10,531

11,815

Variation in %

-

9.9%

-7.5%

-8.1%

13.9%

-1.5%

-0.3%

12.2%

UK

270

389

 

27

335

290

269

603

(Unit: Millions Ouguiya)

Total exports

46,307

52,257

53,833

48,855

66,967

101,306

122,209

144,403

Variation in %

-

12.9%

3.0%

-9.2%

37.1%

51.3%

20.6%

18.2%

UK

1,029

1,850

 

113

1,840

2,793

3,171

8,054

Value of Mauritanian Imports from the UK (2000 - 2007)

(Unit: Millions Ouguiya)

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

UK

317

602

945

1,506

83,650

3,503

15,432

Mauritanian Imports from the UK by Product (2000 - 2007)

(Unit: Millions Ouguiya)

 

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

UK

236

317

602

945

1506

83649

3503

15432

Foodstuff

9

90

21

1

14

1

38

Equipments

75

76

201

724

1315

83182

2796

6061

Cosmetics & chemical products

67.7

4

21

4

4

25

23

265

Construction materials

3

2

29

20

76

50

370

917

Petroleum products

11

3

6

9

1

34

31

7570

Textile & clothes

5

15

6

12

1

9

35

Vehicles et spare parts

17

133

55

26

44

49

59

373

Others

48

8

255

155

40

307

177

211