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US Vice President Joe Biden Reaffirms Strong UAE-US Ties During Visit to the UAE

March 9, 2016

United States Vice President Joe Biden conducted a two-day visit to the UAE, which underscored the strong bilateral relationship between the two countries. During the visit, the US Vice President called the bond between the UAE and US "one of the most significant in the region" and highlighted the UAE's role in the fight against ISIL and extremism. 

Vice President Biden visited US and coalition troops at Al Dhafra Air Base, as well as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Masdar. He also met with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, to further discuss continued security and economic cooperation between the UAE and US. The UAE is also one of the United States' strongest trading partners, with bilateral trade surpassing $25 billion in 2015.

While in the UAE, the US Vice President also visited Dubai to attend a young entrepreneur's forum and meet with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE. 

See this AP story for more details on the visit, here for the Vice President's interview with The National, and here for the White House readout of the Vice President’s meeting with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.