US President Joe Biden spoke by phone Tuesday with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. During the conversation, the president emphasized the strategic importance of the normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel.
The following is the official White House statement:
President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke today with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to reaffirm the longstanding partnership between the United States and the United Arab Emirates.
The President congratulated the Crown Prince on the United Arab Emirates’ upcoming 50th anniversary of independence, and reflected on the collaborative efforts the United States and the United Arab Emirates have undertaken on issues ranging from space to climate to defense and security.
They discussed regional and global challenges, including Afghanistan, the nuclear and regional dimensions of the threat posed by Iran, as well as the common quest for de-escalation and peace in the Middle East.
In that regard, the President underlined the strategic importance of the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. He expressed his full support for strengthening and expanding these arrangements. President Biden and the Crown Prince agreed on the priority of working together to address conflicts, including the humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.