ABU DHABI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is meeting the US president, Barack Obama, and other senior US government officials this week in Washington. In a display of the importance of the UAE-US bilateral relationship, Sheikh Mohammed met yesterday with the secretary of state, Hillary Clinton; the Treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner; the energy secretary, Steven Chu; the national security adviser, Gen Jim Jones, and members of Congress. Joining him were the Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and the UAE ambassador to the United States, Yousef al Otaiba.
During his meeting with Mrs Clinton, Sheikh Mohammed reaffirmed the UAE's commitment to stabilisation initiatives in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a just and peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and multilateral efforts towards improving stability in the region. He also applauded the Obama administration's strong endorsement of the US-UAE Bilateral Agreement for Peaceful Nuclear Co-operation, calling the agreement a powerful boost to international non-proliferation efforts.
Sheikh Mohammed also discussed the importance of the nuclear agreement in a meeting with Mr Chu, where he reaffirmed the UAE's commitment to co-operation on renewable energy and climate change. In his meeting with Mr Geithner, Sheikh Mohammed confirmed the UAE's full confidence in the US economy, pointing to recent investments UAE companies have made in US businesses, and highlighting that the UAE remains an important market for US exports.
Sheikh Mohammed also met Gen Jones, the US president's top security adviser, and discussed ongoing security co-operation in the Gulf region. In meetings with Senators Richard Lugar and John McCain, Sheikh Mohammed emphasised the strength of the UAE-US bilateral ties and stressed the importance of the bilateral nuclear agreement, thanking the senators for their support.