Abu Dhabi Crown Prince discusses regional stability with Obama

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and President Barack Obama discussed the need for military supplies for the Gulf country

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed on Monday the need for military supplies for the Gulf country during a meeting at the White House, reported Reuters citing a White House spokesman.

“In the context of our nations’ partnership to counter ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)], as well as U.S. support for the (Gulf Cooperation Council)-led operations in Yemen, the leaders discussed the ongoing need for expedited provision of essential military equipment and supplies to the UAE,” said Alistair Baskey, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

The two leaders also reaffirmed their shared commitment to the importance of the GCC-U.S. alliance to regional stability and security, reported UAE press agency WAM.

The end result of U.S.-led nuclear talks with Iran, which have a target deadline of June 30, have also been of high interest to Gulf partners uneasy about Iran’s ability to obtain a nuclear bomb.

Sheikh Mohammed, who is also the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, stressed the importance of preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons on the Gulf and the UAE’s interest in the strongest possible verification measures in any final agreement, reported official news agency WAM.

Developments in regional conflict-zones such as Libya, Yemen and Syria and ways to restore national and territorial stability in these countries also topped the agenda of today’s meeting.

The discussion highlighted the importance of the implementation of U.N. resolutions and the GCC initiative in regard to the Yemen crisis, and the role of the U.S.-led “Operation Decisive Storm” in preserving the legitimacy of Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi and protecting Yemeni people.

The meeting took place as the U.S. Navy announced that a U.S. aircraft carrier was joining other U.S. ships in waters off Yemen to head off any Iranian ships that may be carrying weapons for the Iran-backed Houthi militia.

Sheikh Mohammed’s two-day visit to Washington, DC., will also include further discussions with top U.S. officials and congressmen, according to WAM.

Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as Deputy National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed al-Nayhyan and UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan also attended the meeting.

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