Mohamed, Kerry discuss key issues

Also confer on ending civilian suffering

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry today took stock of the latest regional and international developments with an eye on crises in Syria Iraq, Yemen and Libya.

Sheikh Mohamed received John Kerry in Abu Dhabi to discuss the most important initiatives aimed at putting an end to the suffering of civilian populations and to conflicts and bringing about security and stability to the region.

The meeting, which was attended by Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, reviewed ties of friendship and co-operation between the UAE and US and ways of furthering them in a way that consolidates existing strategic partnerships between the two friendly countries.

Also tackled during the meeting were efforts being exerted by the international community to counter terrorism and joint coordination in this respect and the importance of work to support these efforts to realise peace and solidify pillars of security and stability in the region.

Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouie, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, and Barbara A. Leaf, US Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, attended the meeting.

Mohamed bin Zayed receives religious scholars

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, received this evening at Al Bateen Palace, the clerics, who are guests of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The guests were accompanied by Dr. Mohammed Mattar Al Kaabi, Chairman of the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments.

Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the scholars and exchanged greetings with them on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, praying to Allah Almighty to bless the UAE, Arab and Islamic nations, and bestow on them more prosperity.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the clerics exchanged cordial talks about the revival of Ramadan nights by holding sermons aimed at enlightening people about the religious teachings enriched with culture and knowledge.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed wished the clerics success in delivering the sermons, stressing that the responsibility on their shoulders is huge as they enlighten the Islamic societies, spread tolerance, and tackle extremism that tarnishes the image of Islam.  

For their part, the scholars and preachers expressed their satisfaction at being in the UAE to participate in this annual great tradition, established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to hold sermons, religious and social programmes during the Ramadan. They wished more progress and prosperity to the UAE and its people.

The scholars, guests of the UAE President, hold sermons every year as part of the Ramadan programme under the supervision of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.

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