December 5, 2022

President Biden congratulates ‘long-time friend’ Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election as President of the United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi’s crown prince and de facto ruler of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, during a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, May 15, 2017. (AP/Andrew Harnik)
FILE - In this May 15, 2017, file photo, Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, smiles during a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington. Emails obtained by The Associated Press between business partners Elliott Broidy and George Nader indicate that the pair was working with bin Zayed in a lobbying effort to alter U.S. policy in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Saturday congratulated his ‘long-time friend’ Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election as President of the United Arab Emirates.

“I congratulate my long-time friend Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election as President of the United Arab Emirates,” President Biden wrote in a statement. “As I told Sheikh Mohammed yesterday during our phone call, the United States is determined to honor the memory of the late president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan by continuing to strengthen the strategic partnership between our countries over the coming months and years.”

Biden added that the UAE is an essential partner of the United States. 

“Sheikh Mohammed, whom I met with several times as Vice President when he was the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, has long been at the forefront of building this partnership. I look forward to working with Sheikh Mohammed to build from this extraordinary foundation to further strengthen the bonds between our countries and peoples,” Biden said.

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