Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to address claims that three British men were tortured by police in Dubai when he meets the president of the United Arab Emirates tomorrow.
The state visit by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan comes amid allegations that Grant Cameron and Suneet Jeerh, both 25, and Karl Williams, 26, were tortured by police. They were convicted of possessing synthetic cannabis after being arrested in July last year while on holiday.
The men claim they signed documents in Arabic - a language none of them understands - following their arrests after they were threatened with guns to their heads. Mr Williams also reported having electric shocks administered to his testicles.
The Foreign Office has called for a full, independent and impartial inquiry into the torture allegations and has raised them with "very senior officials" in the UAE - and Mr Cameron is expected to discuss the allegations with the sheikh tomorrow.
His spokesman today said there were "no no-go areas" for the discussions, adding:
"We have asked for a full, impartial and independent investigation into the incidents.
We have a state visit, we have an opportunity to build and strengthen relations between our two countries and as part of that we will be talking about a wide range of issues which will include concern about these cases."
Tracy and Phil Cameron, the parents of Grant who was jailed in Dubai today after being found guilty of drug offences, told ITV's Daybreak they had spoken to their son on the phone who was "over the moon" with the four year sentence.
The parents, who feared a longer sentence, said the alleged torture the three men suffered was "outrageous".
ITV News' International Correspondent John Irvine was in court in Dubai today when the three British men were sentenced for drug offences. Speaking to Daybreak he said:
There was barely any time to gauge the reaction of the three defendants because this was all over in about 25 seconds, it's the quickest verdict and sentencing I have ever seen. Clearly the Dubai authorities, given all the publicity there has been, wanted to get this out of the way quickly.
The judge of course spoke in Arabic, he handed down sentences of four years to each of the trio and then told them that they would be deported, now that was translated to the three men and they were quickly led away.
I was sitting close to the brother of one of the men, he was greatly relieved, he told me afterwards that this was actually the best that they could have hoped for.
The mother of one of the men jailed sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty of drug offences has told Daybreak she is "absolutely ecstatic".
It might sound alarming to us in the Western world, but I am absolutely ecstatic with that information, short of my son walking free from the courtroom today that is the best possible news that I could be given this morning.
– Tracey Cameron, Grant Cameron's mother
We are hoping that the UAE Government will intervene and they will receive a pardon and I'm hopeful that my son will be home with his family by the end of the year.