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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed meets US Speaker Paul Ryan

Crown Prince and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed discuss regional peace and security with Paul Ryan

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, greets Paul Ryan, Speaker of the US House of Representatives. Mohamed Al Hammadi / Crown Prince Court
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, greets Paul Ryan, Speaker of the US House of Representatives. Mohamed Al Hammadi / Crown Prince Court

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, on Thursday received Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, on his visit to the country.

The two sides addressed ways of advancing the already privileged relations binding the UAE and US to higher levels, and reviewed the latest regional and international developments and efforts made to contain the ongoing crises besetting the Middle East region.

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Discussions included efforts made by the international community to counter terror, extremism and violence in light of the ongoing co-ordination between the two countries, with both sides underlining the importance of continuing to support these endeavours to ensure regional peace and stability.

The meeting, attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, touched as well on the partnerships forged by the two countries across multiple economic and political domains, with particular emphasis on their current co-operation to combat terror organisations.

"The UAE, in collaboration with their sisterly and friendly countries in the region and around the world, are continuing their efforts to underpin the pillars of peace, stability and development for the peoples of the region," Sheikh Mohammed said.

He pointed to the aspirations of some external powers that he said are aimed at forming alliances with the objective of weakening the legitimate governments of the region, and consequently creating chaos to serve their own aggressive and expansionist policies.

Sheikh Mohammed underlined the importance of doubling international efforts to inculcate peace and security and combat terrorism by putting an end to these practices.

For his part, the US Speaker commended the high level of his country’s strategic relations with the UAE, lauding the role played by the UAE in combatting terrorism and extending developmental aid to poor and crisis-stricken peoples around the world.

The meeting was attended by Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary General of the Supreme National Security Council, Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the US, and Barbara A Leaf, US Ambassador to the UAE.

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