UAE National Day - December 2, 2009

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 1, 2009

On behalf of the people of the United States, I congratulate the Emirati people as they celebrate the United Arab Emirates' 38th National Day and the founding of the Federation.


Our friendship exemplifies the relations founded on mutual interests and mutual respect that President Obama described in his speech in Cairo. Our strategic partnership and the UAE's leadership on important regional issues contribute to regional and international stability. Our strong, and growing, relationships in such varied fields as business, finance and trade; medicine, science and technology; humanitarian work; media; and education and culture, demonstrate the enormous success possible when friends reach out with open hands of partnership and respect.


The UAE has been a promoter of peace and progress not just nationally, but regionally and internationally, thanks to the foresight of its founder, the late President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and to the wise leadership of President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the members of the Supreme Council of the Federation. I wish to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to sustain and increase our partnership with the UAE, and offer the Emirati people our warmest congratulations on this National Day.


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PRN: 2009/1200