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Obama meets with Abu Dhabi crown prince

world Updated: Sep 11, 2009 07:35 IST

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President Barack Obama met at the White House with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces, the White House said.

The two "discussed ways to deepen the strong political, security and economic relationship" between the United States and the UAE, as well as ways to "bolster regional security, and advance Israeli-Arab peace efforts," the White House said in a statement yesterday.

Obama "expressed his appreciation for the UAE's security, humanitarian and financial contributions to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, and other common efforts," the statement read.

The US leader also "congratulated the Crown Prince on the UAE's leadership on renewable energy and on being chosen to host the new International Renewable Energy Agency."

Obama and the Crown Prince also discussed civil nuclear cooperation, "including the administration's support for the US-UAE Agreement for Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation," the White House.