A senior US official viewed relations with the United Arab Emirates as strategic, valuable and important to Washington.
This came during a telephone press statement made by Yael Lambert; US Acting Deputy Secretary of State
The remarks come ahead of a visit the US secretary of state is expected to start on Saturday to Israel, the Palestinian territories, Morocco and Algeria, and run through Wednesday.
Lambert said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s meeting with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, next week will be “a opportunity to have a strategic conversation about the full range of regional and international issues.
He added, “This is a really valuable and important strategic relationship for us, and it’s an opportune time for this meeting. There’s a lot to discuss. So we’re glad to have this opportunity to sit down.” The Foreign Secretary and the Crown Prince are strategic partners and will discuss the full range of issues before us.”
He noted that discussion at the meeting will address “a wide range of issues, ranging from Iran to Yemen to Syria to global energy markets to Ethiopia.”
According to the US official, “We have a variety of issues that we will discuss, in addition to the Ibrahim agreements, and what we can do to further strengthen them.”
He continued: “We have seen tremendous and tangible results in terms of the relations between the UAE and Israel. They have really prospered. Tourism is booming. Direct flights are transporting numbers of tourists back and forth. Trade is booming. boom. We hope this will be a big topic of discussion as well.”
He added: “We may also talk about the Dubai Expo, which was a great success”, noting that “this is just a sample, I mean, we have a wide range of common interests and topics that we want to cover.”