US and UAE Affirm Strong Relations
Highlighting a strong partnership in the 21st century, the United States of America and United Arab Emirates today affirmed their commitment to collaborate in promoting peace and stability in the region.
In his remarks with Emirati Foreign Minister Abdallah bin Zayid Al Nuhayyan in Abu Dhabi, US Secretary of State John Kerry talk with Foreign Minister Abdallah bin Zayid Al Nuhayyan on the issues of the region and create better understanding of the countries’ mutual efforts and interests.
Both leaders also affirmed the strong, enduring relationship between the two countries.
“This is a relationship that is based on a joint commitment to security and to stability in the region.” – Secretary Kerry
Secretary Kerry reiterated that US will stand up for and defend its allies in the region against any kind of external threat or attack.
Secretary Kerry added that his dialogue with Foreign Minister Abdallah bin Zayid Al Nuhayyan on many issues of regional concern will strengthen the relationship that the United States value very deeply.
Working Together On Syrian Issues
Both leaders discussed shared efforts to end the war, the violence in Syria, to address the humanitarian crisis d bring about a peaceful resolution to the civil war in Syria.
Secretary Kerry highlighted that the war in Syria has cost way too many lives and is breeding increasing extremism, radical religious extremism and terrorists who are a threat to the world.
The US appreciates the UAE’s leadership in supporting the Syrian Opposition Coalition and its commitment alongside our international partners to convening the Geneva 2 conference as soon as possible.
“And both of us are encouraged and pleased to be able to take note of the fact that yesterday the opposition voted to go to Geneva 2.” – Secretary Kerry
He says it is a big step forward and a significant one, and the two countries will continue to work on the humanitarian and other issues that are of such immediate crisis.
He added a negotiated solution is the best way to increase the stability throughout the entire region.
In addition, the new move is the only way to end the bloodshed as soon as possible and give the Syrian people the future that they deserve.
Secretary Kerry and His Highness discussed the developments in Egypt.
Secretary Kerry highlighted that both countries believe that Egypt’s transition to a stable, inclusive, and ultimately democratic, civilian-led government that respects the rights and freedoms of all Egyptians is critical not only for that country but for the entire region.
Both agreed to work together immediately in order to create specific efforts that both countries can jointly work on as well as with the Saudi Arabians and others in order to transform economically and politically the Egypt that needs to emerge.
“We share a belief in the importance of Egypt to the region and we want to make sure that the interim government does succeed.” – Secretary Kerry
Both leaders emphasized the need to implement reforms and to protect universal rights and transition to an inclusive election process that respects the rights of the people of Egypt.
While in Abu Dhabi, US Secretary Kerry reiterated that President Obama will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon and that the United States is committed to protecting the security and the security of its allies from the unthinkable consequence of what would happen were they to secure such a weapon.
“We also are well aware, more than conscious, of the instability that would be triggered in this region were that program to continue and not be peaceful.” – Secretary Kerry
In addition, Secretary Kerry emphasized US has a strong strategic relationship that has been built up over many years.
“It is also a friendship and the United States will do nothing in negotiating with Iran that will change that relationship. I want to make that clear.” – Secretary Kerry
US-UAE Enjoy An Enduring Partnership
The United States and United Arab Emirates established a formal diplomatic relations in 1972. The U.A.E. is a key partner of US and both countries enjoy strong bilateral cooperation on relevant issues particularly in defense, non-proliferation, trade, law enforcement, energy policy, and cultural exchange. The two countries also collaborate in promoting peace and security in the region and globally.