U.S.-U.A.E. Joint Statement

Media Note
Washington, DC
February 23, 2010

The following is a joint statement by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed al Nahyan.

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The United States and the United Arab Emirates have a strong partnership and share a common vision for a secure, stable, and prosperous Middle East. During our meeting today in Washington, we had an opportunity to follow-up on our January 28 discussion in London, and discussed a wide array of regional issues.

We re-affirmed our commitment to comprehensive peace, and to the common objective of achieving a two state solution in which Israelis and Palestinians live side by side in peace and security. We agreed on the need for the parties to resume negotiations as soon as possible. In addition, we discussed the challenges posed by Iran's increasingly disturbing and destabilizing actions, its failure to fulfill its international obligations, and the importance of working with the international community to address these issues. We also discussed how the U.S. and the UAE could continue their close cooperation to help stabilize and support Yemen.

We discussed the important leadership role the UAE has taken with respect to providing key financial, political, and security support to Afghanistan and Pakistan, the UAE's generosity towards Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake, and the UAE's progressive policies aimed at empowering women.

We look forward to continued close cooperation on all of these key issues and on the continued strengthening and deepening of the U.S.-UAE bilateral relationship.

PRN: 2010/207