Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Praises Strength, Breadth of UAE-US Relationship in Meeting with President ObamaSep 10, 2009 - 10:04 - WAM WASHINGTON, DC, 10th Sept. 2009 (WAM) - Concluding his four-day visit to Washington, DC, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, met with US President Barack Obama at the White House. The Crown Prince and President Obama discussed the wide-ranging and mutually beneficial relationship that unites the two countries, and pledged to continue the close cooperation on the security, economic, and energy fronts.
The Crown Prince was joined in the White House meeting by HH Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Foreign Minister, and HE Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States.
During the meeting, the Crown Prince applauded the White House's strong support for the US-UAE Bilateral Agreement for Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation, which was submitted to Congress by President Obama in May 2009. The Crown Prince expressed his hope that the US Congress will approve the agreement as well, realizing its benefits as a model for peaceful nuclear energy development that meets international nonproliferation standards.
Underscoring the two countries' mutual interest in renewable energy, Sheikh Mohammed thanked President Obama for his support on the UAE's bid to host the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) headquarters, which will be housed in Abu Dhabi's Masdar City.
The Crown Prince also reaffirmed the UAE's strong commitment to a stable and peaceful Middle East, a goal firmly shared by the United States, and lauded the UAE-US strategic and military cooperation in the region. The two sides agreed on the importance of working together to support the rebuilding of Iraq, stabilize Afghanistan and Pakistan, and eradicate extremism.
The Crown Prince also welcomed the US administration's commitment to working with both sides to find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, emphasizing the UAE's willingness to continue to play a leadership role in promoting a peaceful resolution.