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03 December 2023

Mohamed bin Zayed receives John Kerry

General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed received at Al Mina Palace visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry and his accompanying delegation. The meeting was attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. (WAM)

By Wam

General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received at Al Mina Palace visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry and his accompanying delegation.

Sheikh Mohamed and Kerry discussed relations of friendship and cooperation between the UAE and US as well as an array of issues of mutual concern.

During the meeting, which was attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, the two sides reviewed appropriate means of strengthening the existing avenues of joint cooperation for serving strategic interests of the two friendly countries and their people.

Discussions also tackled latest regional and international developments where the two sides reviewed ongoing efforts to achieve peace and security in the region and recognised the need for continuous consultations and coordination in this regard.

The UAE and US also underscored that serious dialogue and constructive understanding are the adequate mechanisms to address and resolve all crises and issues in the region.

Looking at regional concerns and developments, the two sides discussed the humanitarian crisis in Syrian and results of the recently concluded Geneva II Conference on Syria.

Situation in Egypt was also figured high during the Sheikh Mohamed-Kerry talks, where they stressed the importance of realising political and economic stability there.

The two sides also discussed the talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 in Vienna next week, which seek to reach an inclusive agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme. Current efforts to revive Middle East peace talks were also touched.

Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador to the US, and Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouie, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, attended the talks from the UAE side.

Present from the US side were Michael H. Corbin, US Ambassador to the UAE, Philip Gordon, White House Coordinator for Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf, Thomas Shannon, Counselor of US Department of State, and a number of US officials.