US Vice President Kamala Harris visited the United Arab Emirates on Monday, at the head of a high-level American delegation, to offer condolences on the death of the country’s leader and to meet the newly elected President, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
It is a delegation of the highest level of officials from the administration of John Biden, which went to the United States to strengthen ties with this country, essential on the world political and economic scene, and regional and Arab leader. .
Among those on the delegation are Foreign Minister Antony Blinken, Defense Chief Lloyd Austin, CIA Director William Burns, and Climate Envoy and former Chief diplomacy, John Kerry.
The delegation includes other top figures from the Biden administration, while other American dignitaries are expected to continue arriving on Monday, in a sign of the importance placed on the United Arab Emirates.
“The United States takes the strength of our relationship and our partnership with the United Arab Emirates very seriously,” Kamala Harris told reporters. “So we are going there to express our condolences, but also to express our commitment to the strength of this relationship,” she added.
US officials will meet the prominent new president of the United Arab Emirates, who has already led the country as a top regional power. It is also Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan who has led his country’s foreign policy since the cardiovascular accident of his half-brother, the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Since his death on Friday, and the appointment of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the new president of the United Arab Emirates, world leaders have turned out in large numbers to offer their condolences and cement their ties with the country.
King Mohammed VI was represented by Prince Moulay Rachid who came in person to offer the Sovereign’s condolences. At European level, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson were the first Western leaders to visit on Sunday.