Bush praises Khalifa's leadership
President Bush made the statement in response to the publication of two books about the US-UAE relationship by the Centre for Information Affairs.
Bush said: "The American people value our strong ties with the citizens of the UAE, and we will continue to be a partner in building a Middle East that is growing in peace and prosperity".
One of the centre's books focuses on President Bush's visit to the UAE this year, from January 13 to 14, and it tackles the summit meetings between the leaders of the two countries and their consultation over issues of common interest. It also describes President Bush's tours around the UAE to see the urban boom. The other book is about relations between the UAE and the US in general.