Sheikh Abdullah Hails UAE-US Relations
(Abu Dhabi) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of UAE, has said that relations between the UAE and the United States are “at their best”, and that the current visit to Abu Dhabi by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, is evidence of the strength of the relationship.
Addressing a joint press conference with Kerry, Sheikh Abdullah noted that “The UAE has a nuclear programme which is peaceful, transparent and witnesses acceptance and international partnership and we are not going to enrich uranium.’ Sheikh Abdullah said Kerry’s visit to the UAE was ‘fruitful and successful’, pointing out that His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, met with Kerry, and exchanged views on a broad range of issues in the region with the emphasis on discussions regarding the Geneva 2 conference on Syria and the positive developments in Egypt. “We have discussed the Middle East peace process in which Kerry is making tremendous efforts. It is best efforts that I have ever seen from any US administration to advance the peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis,” he said.
For his part, Kerry extended his profound thanks to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed for the warm welcome and hospitality, saying that his meeting with him touched on relations with the U.A.E., which he considers as strategic and strong, based on commitment and joint security.
Kerry said the parties agreed that the best end of the crisis in Syria will be through peaceful means, adding that the crisis has killed many Syrians and fuelled violent extremism and increased acts of terrorists who pose a serious threat to regional and international security.