Dr. Anwar Gargash noted that the US is the UAE’s "most important and enduring strategic partner," concluding a week-long diplomatic visit to the US.
Dr. Gargash is the Diplomatic Advisor to UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
During his visit, Dr. Gargash met with senior Biden Administration officials and Members of Congress to discuss regional matters of mutual interest.
Meetings in Washington very positive. We reaffirmed UAE’s renewed emphasis on diplomacy & de-escalation. We remain committed to working closely with the US as a constant voice of reason, moderation & engagement on global & regional challenges; climate, COVID & stability.— د. أنور قرقاش (@AnwarGargash) July 17, 2021
He was accompanied by Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Minister of State and Ambassador to the US; and Lana Nusseibeh, UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Assistant Minister of Political Affairs.
The relationship is as “close and as strong as it has ever been with the Biden Administration," said Dr. Gargash, adding, "in our 50th year, the UAE’s shared vision and values with the US are well appreciated."
Dr. Gargash underscored the UAE’s renewed emphasis on diplomacy and de-escalation at White House briefing with Brett McGurk, the National Security Council Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, and other senior officials.
He reaffirmed the UAE’s commitment to work closely with the US on regional matters. He also explored ways to build upon the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement between the UAE and Israel to bring about greater regional prosperity and stability.
The senior UAE diplomat also met with Wendy Sherman, Deputy Secretary of State, to discuss ways the two countries can intensify cooperation to resolve regional conflicts and pressing global challenges like climate change, COVID-19 pandemic, and nuclear proliferation.
Met today with UAE Presidential Advisor @AnwarGargash to discuss our work to promote a more peaceful Middle East, including advancing progress on the normalization with Israel and our partnership to build a secure and prosperous future. pic.twitter.com/uu5HcNDX5S— Wendy R. Sherman (@DeputySecState) July 15, 2021
During meetings at the US Capitol, Dr. Gargash highlighted the UAE’s forward-looking approach to building a more tolerant, prosperous and peaceful region that advances collective UAE-US interests and values, and grows the bilateral trade and investment relationship.