Special: UAE-US strategic ties to ensure peace


Dubai - The UAE and the US signed a memorandum of understanding for strategic dialogue launched in Abu Dhabi.

by Anjana Sankar

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Published: Wed 21 Oct 2020, 7:41 AM

The UAE has created over 120,000 jobs in the United States through investments, and the strategic relationship between the two countries can lead to peace and stability in the region, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said on Tuesday.

he UAE is the United States' biggest export destination in the Middle East and the Emirates would like to "see more jobs being created in the United States", Sheikh Abdullah said during the inaugural US-UAE Strategic Dialogue that was virtually launched.

The UAE and the US signed a memorandum of understanding for strategic dialogue launched in Abu Dhabi. The document was signed by US Ambassador to the UAE John Rakolta Jr. and the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash.

The strategic dialogue is aimed at strengthening cooperation in key areas, including policy making; defence and security; law enforcement; intelligence and counterterrorism; economy, energy, and commerce; cultural and education; space; and human rights. 
Sheikh Abdullah said the UAE entered into a partnership with the US 19 years ago, after 9/11.

"That is not enough. The voices of extremism and radicalism are still gaining momentum. We have to double down our efforts in overcoming these extremist radical voices."

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that during the Trump administration, the relations between the UAE and the US have grown "deeper and broader than any time before".

Calling the UAE as one of America's "most important relationships", Pompeo said the Trump administration prioritises this relationship not just by talk but by action.

He told Sheikh Abdullah that the UAE's signing of the Abraham Accord at the White House on September 15 with Israel is a "brave step that will create more opportunities for peace and prosperity and stability in the Middle East and all of the region".

Thanking the UAE for its support for the US's 'maximum pressure' campaign against Iran and its nuclear ambitions, the secretary of state said the regime is the "greatest destructive force in the Middle East".

He said the improved cooperation between the US and the UAE will see both countries tackling existing challenges from Iran as well as new challenges posed by the communist China.


Anjana Sankar

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