Readout of Secretary Carter’s meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates

Pentagon Press Secretary ‎Peter Cook provided the following readout:
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates met today in Abu Dhabi to discuss the U.S.-UAE bilateral defense relationship. The meeting at Shati Palace took place ahead of a U.S. – Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh.
Secretary Carter emphasized the importance of the U.S.-UAE strategic partnership and reiterated both countries’ shared commitment to ensuring a stable and secure Middle East. The conversation focused on counterterrorism cooperation, instability in Iraq and Syria and countering Iran‘s destabilizing activities. The Secretary thanked the Crown Prince for UAE’s strong commitment to counterterrorism.
Secretary Carter lauded the bilateral security cooperation between the two countries and commended the UAE’s efforts to work with the United States to expand regional military collaboration.
The meeting ended with a discussion of regional issues, including shared objectives for the U.S. – Gulf Cooperation Council Summit. Secretary Carter and the Crown Prince agreed to continue to deepen defense ties at all levels of the UAE and U.S. militaries.
Release No: NR-137-16
April 19, 2016
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