UAE-US Special Relations

  • 14 April 2010

The meeting of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, with US Vice-President Joe Biden in Washington the day before yesterday, on the sidelines of the ‘Nuclear Security Summit,’ revealed the strong and advanced relations between the UAE and US, and the keenness of both countries to continuously develop and extend cooperation—with all vigor and efficacy—in various political, economic and cultural spheres. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan commended the friendship and constructive cooperation between the two countries and reiterated that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is proud of its relations with the US and is keen on developing and promoting them on all levels, in a way that would promote the aspirations of the two friendly countries.

On the US side, statements made by Vice President Biden disclosed the US standpoint towards the UAE and its positive role in the area, as a force for peace and security in a region riddled with problems and tensions, where he expressed his gratitude to the UAE contribution in Afghanistan and its support for Yemen’s unity, stability, economic and political reforms. The UAE has managed to build strong relations based on mutual respect and common interests with major powers at the regional and international levels, particularly the United States of America, which has always shown keenness in consulting with our wise leadership on all matters of concern to the Gulf region and the Middle East, given the fact that it finds the wisdom of opinion, clear vision and consistency of position in the UAE’s leadership.

The UAE’s success in building a strong network of foreign relations has not developed out of vacuum, but from the diplomatic endeavors backed by an efficient system under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, which draws its strength from a history of UAE’s support for peace, stability, development and cooperation among various countries and people of the world, and an impeccable record of action toward serving these goals in words and deeds. Perhaps, the humanitarian dimension in the UAE’s foreign policy and its peaceful nuclear program policy clearly confirms this fact, where the State involves itself in humanitarian effort in the international arena as it believes in shared human destiny and the solidarity among nations and people is key to achieving global security and peace. Through its peaceful nuclear program, the UAE is keen to set an example for others in harnessing nuclear energy in keeping with the strictures of the nuclear proliferation regime, in accordance with the strict standards the UAE has committed itself to, in relation to transparency and integrity of the program, which enjoys international respect and appreciation.

The emergence of the UAE in the international arena and its strong relations with major powers of the world manifests all that the state has been able to achieve through its pioneering development that has helped it gain a deservedly high status among the comity of nations.