In an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel’s Maya Jureidini, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker highlighted what she intends to her achieve on her trip – such as facilitating business opportunities among between companies in the U.S. and UAE.
When asked about the effect that U.S. energy self-sufficiency will have on relations with the Middle East, where it has historically purchased oil, Pritzker said that “American energy independence will not affect our relationship with countries here in the Gulf.We’re committed to our relationships that have been here for decades.”
Her visit is her first trip outside of North America as Secretary of Commerce, after being sworn in as Secretary in June of last year. She is the first U.S. Secretary of Commerce to visit the Gulf region with a trade mission in 15 years.
Pritzker said that trade between the United States and the Middle East was significant.
“We do about 70 billion dollars in exports annually to the Middle East in general,” said Pritzker, adding that 50 billion of that amount is to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.