The discussion between the two leaders centered on issues of regional security in the Middle East. The UAE works actively with a range of international groups towards finding peaceful solutions in the region. One of the main organizations that the UAE collaborates with is the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The UAE along with GCC are working for a nuclear weapon-free Gulf, specifically striving to reach Iran on the on this issue. The UAE supports the United States’ commitment to ensure the territorial integrity of Iraq, and to spread the message of a fair and inclusive political process that engages all Iraqi communities and guarantees the stability of the nation.
The White House stated that the agenda for Sheikh Mohamed’s US visit would include the topics of Yemen, preventing Iran from producing nuclear weapons, and a discussion centering on possible solutions to the conflict in Libya and Syria. In addition to the Sheikh, the UAE Foreign Minister and Deputy National Security Advisor also arrived in Washington. During their stay they attended meetings with senior US administration officials and Congressional leaders.
Cooperation between the UAE and the United States in the fight against extremism includes a range of defense and intelligence initiatives. The UAE is a military leader in the region and in the fight against ISIL. The UAE and the US coordinate frequently on military operation and the UAE is a critical US ally, providing invaluable support for US soldiers, US aircraft, and US vessels. In fact, more US naval vessels visit UAE ports than any other port outside the United States.
In addition, UAE Armed Forces work to improve security and stability alongside US and other coalition forces in Afghanistan. The UAE does not just contribute militarily, they also provide billions of dollars in aid to rehabilitate and reconstruct war impoverished areas, as well as to a range of international stability initiatives.
Considering the UAE and United States’ strong relationship as allies on the political, economic, and a growing cultural front, Sheikh Mohamed’s visit stands to further solidify immense mutual respect and collaboration that our two nations share.