US President Joe Biden congratulated the UAE’s de facto ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on being elected Saturday because the nation’s president following his half-brother’s demise.
“I congratulate my long-time pal Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election as president of the United Arab Emirates,” Biden mentioned in a press release, including that he appeared ahead to working with the chief “to additional strengthen the bonds between our nations and peoples.”
US Vice President Kamala Harris will journey to the UAE on Monday to steer a presidential delegation “and supply condolences on behalf of the Biden-Harris administration and the American folks” on the demise of the earlier president, Sheikh Khalifa, her workplace mentioned in a press release Saturday.
In Abu Dhabi, Harris will meet with Sheikh Mohamed and “underscore the energy of the partnership between our nations and our need to additional deepen our ties within the coming months and years,” the assertion mentioned.
The 61-year-old Sheikh Mohamed, a educated soldier, has lengthy been a quiet energy behind the throne of Abu Dhabi, analysts say.
He took a number one function after Sheikh Khalifa, his half-brother, retreated from public view in 2014, when he had surgical procedure after a stroke.
Following Sheikh Khalifa’s demise Friday, Sheikh Mohamed was unanimously elected by the Federal Supreme Council, comprising rulers of the UAE’s seven emirates. He has additionally been named as ruler of Abu Dhabi, which controls a lot of the nation’s oil wealth.
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