Dr. Anwar Gargash Concludes Visit to Washington, DC

July 16, 2021

Highlights Strength of US-UAE Strategic Relationship with White House,

State Department and Congressional Leaders

Reviews Preparations for 2022 Smithsonian Institution

“Folklife Festival” that will Feature the UAE

Washington, DC (16 July 2021) – Concluding a weeklong visit to Washington, DC, His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash, diplomatic advisor to the UAE President, called the UAE-US relationship as strong as it has ever been and noted that the US is the UAE’s “most important and enduring strategic partner.”

During his visit, HE Dr. Gargash met with senior Biden Administration officials and Members of Congress to discuss regional matters of mutual interest and underscore the strength of the UAE-US partnership. He was accompanied by UAE Minister of State and Ambassador to the US His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba and UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Assistant Minister of Political Affairs Her Excellency Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh.

“The US is one of our most important relationships. It is as close and as strong as it has ever been with the Biden Administration,” said HE Dr. Gargash. “In our 50th year, the UAE’s shared vision and values with the US are well appreciated.”

At a White House briefing with National Security Council Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk and other senior officials, HE Dr. Gargash underscored the UAE’s renewed emphasis on diplomacy and de-escalation. He reaffirmed the UAE’s commitment to work closely with the US on regional matters, and explored ways to build upon the normalization agreement between the UAE and Israel, in order to bring about greater regional prosperity and stability.

The senior UAE diplomat also met with Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to discuss ways the UAE and US can intensify cooperation in order to resolve regional conflicts and pressing global challenges like climate, COVID and nuclear proliferation.

During meetings at the US Capitol, HE Dr. Gargash highlighted the UAE’s forward-looking approach to building a more tolerant, prosperous and peaceful region that advances collective UAE and US interests and values, and grows the bilateral trade and investment relationship. The senior UAE diplomat met with Senator Bill Hagerty (TN), Senator Todd Young (IN) and Senator Jeff Merkley (OR).

HE Dr. Gargash and the other senior UAE officials also announced a new partnership between the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies to train the next generation of young leaders in international relations.

HE Dr. Gargash concluded his visit by meeting with senior leaders at the Smithsonian Institution. The officials discussed areas of collaboration and preparations for the 2022 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, where the UAE will be the featured guest country. The annual event takes place on the National Mall in Washington, DC and attracts over one million visitors.