Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed meets Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Tuesday.
KEVIN LAMARQUE
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed  meets Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Tuesday.

Sheikh Mohammed meets Barack Obama, US president

Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed discusses bilateral relations with the US president.

WASHINGTON //Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, yesterday met with Barack Obama, the US president, at the White House to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues.

The leaders underscored the strong and broad-based relationship uniting the two countries and pledged to continue close co-operation, especially in the realm of security and commercial activity, according to WAM, the state news agency. They discussed recent developments in the Middle East, including bilateral and multilateral efforts to improve stability in the region, as well as the prevention and spread of extremism. Sheikh Mohammed also reiterated the UAE's support for international peacekeeping efforts in Libya.

The Crown Prince also met with Robert Gates, the US secretary of defence, as well as with Janet Napolitano, the US secretary of homeland security. In those meetings, he reaffirmed the UAE's strong commitment to a stable and peaceful Middle East while lauding the strategic and military co-operation between the two countries.

He also underscored the importance of the Obama administration's commitment to working with both sides to find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority, Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, and Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador to the US.

Earlier yesterday, Sheikh Mohammed met Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff to discuss areas of military co-operation between the two nations, as well as regional developments, and bilateral and international efforts to strengthen stability in the Middle East.

On Monday, the Crown Prince visited the Children's National Medical Centre in Washington. In 2009, Abu Dhabi donated US$150million (Dh551m) to the CNMC, which opened the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Paediatric Surgical Innovation in September of that year in honour of the late Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the UAE.

Sheikh Mohammed met some of the Emirati families whose children are being treated at the hospital and toured the new, state-of-the-art facility. He was accompanied by Sheikh Abdullah.

The Crown Prince's visit concluded last night with a dinner hosted by Ambassador Otaiba in his honour. Among the guests were Mr Gates; Admiral Mullen, as well as Timothy Geithner, US Treasury Secretary and Leon Panetta, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Also in attendance were General James N Mattis, Commander of the US Joint Forces Command; White House Chief of Staff William Daley; and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.

foreign.desk@thenational.ae

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 An tenant in the Al Barsha area of Dubai has been sent a non-renewable contract by the landlord. Randi Sokoloff / The National

Dubai landlord refuses to pay back Rera fees after losing rent case

Keren Bobker helps a tenant who wants to know how to reclaim his RERA case fees and who has also been sent a contract with a “one-year nonrenewable” note.

 A Brabus Mercedes 6x6 Sports Utility Vehicle is readied for display during Auto China 2014 in Beijing, on April 20. Adrian Bradshaw / EPA

In pictures: Auto China 2014 exhibition

Leading automakers have gathered in Beijing for the kickoff of China’s biggest car show, but lacklustre growth and environmental restrictions in the world’s largest car market have thrown uncertainty into the mix. More than 1,100 vehicles are being showcased.

 A customer looks at a large mock-up of videogame console Game Boy.  Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP Photo

Nintendo’s Game Boy at 25: hand-held legacy lives on

Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary Monday with the portable device’s legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans.

 Luis Suarez became the first Liverpool player to score 30 Premier League goals in a season since Ian Rush in 1987. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

Sterling and Suarez inspire Liverpool to win over Norwich City

The win takes the Premier League table-toppers to 80 points from 35 games.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 Business class seats inside the Emirates Airbus A380. Chip East / Reuters

In it for the long haul: flying 16 hours with Emirates to LA

Our executive travel reviewer tries out the business class offering on Emirates' longest A380 route - and finds time passing quickly.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National