Biden congratulates Mohammed bin Zayed on assuming the presidency of the UAE, and Harris heads to Abu Dhabi

14 May, 2022
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Biden congratulates Mohammed bin Zayed on assuming the presidency of the UAE, and Harris heads to Abu Dhabi

US President Joe Biden congratulated Abu Dhabi ruler Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election as the new president of the UAE to succeed the late President Khalifa bin Zayed.



The master of the White House stressed that the UAE is a very important partner for Washington, adding that Sheikh Mohammed "has been at the forefront of building this partnership for a long time." In a congratulatory statement published by the White House on Saturday, Biden described the new Emirati president as his "old friend." Pointing out that he had previously expressed to Sheikh Mohammed, during a phone call between them yesterday, "the determination of the United States to honor the memory of the late President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan by continuing to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries in the coming months and years."

"I look forward to working with Sheikh Mohammed to build on this exceptional foundation in order to strengthen the bonds between our countries and our peoples," he added.


At the same time, the White House announced in a separate statement that US Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Abu Dhabi next Monday, May 16, at the head of a presidential delegation, in order to offer condolences on behalf of the administration and the American people on the death of President Khalifa bin Zayed.


The statement indicated that Harris will hold talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, where she will "emphasize the strength of the partnership between the two countries and Washington's desire to deepen these ties in the coming months and years."


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