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Abdullah bin Zayed hails strong UAE-US relations

posted on 12/11/2013: 1885 views



H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, has said that relations between the U.A.E. and the United States are "at their best", and that the current visit to Abu Dhabi by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, is evidence of the strength of the relationship.

Addressing a joint press conference with Kerry, Sheikh Abdullah noted that "The U.A.E. has a nuclear programme which is peaceful, transparent and witnesses acceptance and international partnership and we are not going to enrich uranium.' Sheikh Abdullah said Kerry's visit to the UAE was 'fruitful and successful', pointing out that His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, met on Sunday with Kerry, and exchanged views on a broad range of issues in the region with the emphasis on discussions regarding the Geneva 2 conference on Syria and the positive developments in Egypt.

'Kerry's visit to Egypt was strong and positive and a testimony of the US and international community's support for the road map in Egypt,' Sheikh Abdullah added.

'We have discussed the Middle East peace process in which Kerry is making tremendous efforts ......It is best efforts that I have ever seen from any US administration to advance the peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis,' he said.

Sheikh Abdullah said, "We encourage dialogue between the international powers and Iran in the P5+1(the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) meeting, be it the previous or the current one, and we believe that political and diplomatic dialogue is the best way for a solution but Iran should show good faith and intention and be clear and transparent about its nuclear programme with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the international community alike.' For his part, Kerry extended his profound thanks to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed for the warm welcome and hospitality, saying that his meeting with him touched on relations with the U.A.E., which he considers as strategic and strong, based on commitment and joint security.

Kerry said the parties agreed that the best end of the crisis in Syria will be through peaceful means, adding that the crisis has killed many Syrians and fuelled violent extremism and increased acts of terrorists who pose a serious threat to regional and international security.

The U.S. Secretary of State commended the U.A.E.'s role in supporting the Syrian people to realise their goals and aspirations and its support for the Syrian opposition, and the convening of the Geneva 2 conference as soon as possible.

Answering a query on the P5 +1 countries' apparent failure to get Iran's acceptance of a deal on its nuclear intentions, Kerry said, "The U.S. President is a man of his word. He said in his speech to the United Nations that the U.S. will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon and this is a policy to which we are committed." Kerry said the United States enjoys a strong strategic partnership with the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia and other partners in the region, and neither he nor the President will allow that relationship to be changed.

He revealed that the major powers were unified on an Iran nuclear deal during the weekend talks in Geneva, but the Iranians were unable to accept it "at that point".

He added that the U.S. will defend its allies in the region against any threat and will not undermine its strong ties with Arab allies while engaging in talks with Iran.

On the on-going dialogue, Kerry told the news conference that this was "not a race to complete just any agreement on a nuclear programme. No-one should ever fear negotiation, it takes two parties, or more, to say yes. There is no rush to make a deal, and no deal is better than a bad deal. Any deal with Iran would not allow them to own a nuclear weapon." – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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