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Middle East


The government is urging UK firms working in the Middle East to carry on with 'business as normal' following last week's attacks in New York and Washington. Diplomatic relations with Middle Eastern countries have remained positive over the last week, a Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokesman said, despite reports of an upsurge in antiIslamic sentiment on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Middle East remains a strong regional market for UK firms, added head of the Department of Trade & Industry Iran desk, Paul Fowler. The UK restored diplomatic relations with Iran and extended export credits last year. Iran has appealed to the UK for investment and engineering assistance in a bid to realise £50bn worth of infrastructure development (NCE 5 October 2000).

This week NCE includes a special eight page report on opportunities for UK civils firms in Iran.

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