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WASHINGTON, DC (13 April 2010) – His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, joined leaders from nations around the globe this week in Washington, DC to attend the Nuclear Security Summit. The summit, hosted by US President Barack Obama, highlighted nuclear terrorism as one of the most challenging threats to global security and focused on the need for international cooperation to secure nuclear materials.
While in Washington, the Crown Prince attended a welcoming ceremony and a working dinner which focused on the threat posed by nuclear terrorism. During the dinner the Crown Prince spoke with President Obama on issues of bilateral economic, diplomatic and security cooperation as well as regional issues including Iran’s nuclear program, the situation in Iraq, and the Middle East peace process.
The Crown Prince also met with US Vice President Joseph Biden to further discuss these issues. In a statement after the meeting, the Crown Prince commended the "friendly relations and constructive cooperation" between the United Arab Emirates and the United States. He also said that the UAE is proud of its relationship with the US and wants to develop and strengthen it at all levels to meet the aspirations of both nations.
The White House said in a statement that Vice President Biden thanked the Crown Prince for the UAE’s significant contributions in Afghanistan, and they agreed to continue to support stability and reform in Yemen.
The meeting with the Vice President was also attended by His Excellency Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Government's Executive Affairs Authority, His Excellency Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Undersecretary of the Crown Prince's Court, and His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador to the United States.