Biden invites UAE President to White House

The US leader wants visit to happen 'before this year is out'



AFP
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By AFP

Published: Sat 16 Jul 2022, 3:26 PM

Last updated: Sat 16 Jul 2022, 10:29 PM

US President Joe Biden on Saturday invited his Emirati counterpart, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, to visit the United States, a friendly gesture after months of strained ties over the Ukraine war and other issues.

"We both understand that the challenges we face today only make it a heck of a lot more important that we spend more time together. And I want to formally invite you to the States," Biden said after the two men met on the sidelines of a gathering of Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia.

Biden specified he was inviting Sheikh Mohamed to the White House - "the Oval" - and said he wanted the visit to happen "before this year is out".

Sheikh Mohamed's political adviser, Anwar Gargash, told journalists Friday that US-Emirati ties were "in a good place" but that there were issues "we need to resolve".

After meeting with Saudi leaders Friday, Biden is trying to use Saturday's summit as an opportunity to outline his vision for Washington's role in the region.

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