U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Saturday congratulated Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, new President of the UAE.
“We warmly congratulate His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on assuming the role of President of the United Arab Emirates after succeeding our steadfast friend His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,” Blinken wrote.
He added, “During his time as Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed has been an important partner and valued friend of the United States.
“We look forward to working closely together to build on the extraordinary partnership between the United States and the United Arab Emirates that grew under His Highness Sheikh Khalifa’s presidency, and continuing our dialogue to advance a more peaceful and secure region and world.
“We wish the people of the UAE continued prosperity and advancement under His Highness Sheikh Mohamed’s leadership.”