Ambassador of the United Kingdom Stephanie Al-Khaq welcomed guests to the year-end celebration this Thursday (15th) at the official residence in Brasilia.
In his address, he highlighted that Brazil and the United Kingdom are experiencing moments of political transition with a change of government. “Now is the time to negotiate, build bridges and find joint solutions to the challenges facing the British and Brazilian people,” he said.
Al-Khaq recalled that there are still a series of projects and initiatives led by the embassy to demonstrate the strength of the bilateral partnership. “I want to reaffirm that Brazil is a priority for the United Kingdom,” he said.
Currently, the most important partnership between the United Kingdom and Brazil is in the health sector, as more than half of Brazilians have received at least one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine developed by the University of Oxford.
“In the area of climate, the British government has committed to investing £11.6 billion in international climate action around the world. We want to deepen our partnership with Brazil in environmental and green development activities. We want to move forward together towards a more sustainable world! I also recognize that the British government is Brazil’s second largest partner in science and innovation. I want to highlight,” he emphasized.
The diplomat also spoke about Christmas traditions in his country, “The oldest Christmas tree in the world is in a park in Bedfordshire, England. It was planted in 1856 and brought to a mansion every year, where it was decorated for family celebrations. After Christmas, the tree was replanted in the park.
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