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Biden congratulates new UAE leader on his election

President Biden congratulated Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday after he was elected as president of the United Arab Emirates by the Federal Supreme Council of the UAE.

“I congratulate my long-time friend Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election as President of the United Arab Emirates,” Biden wrote. “As I told Sheikh Mohammed yesterday during our phone call, the United States is determined to honor the memory of the late president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan by continuing to strengthen the strategic partnership between our countries over the coming months and years.”

The election of Sheikh Mohammed, who is the leader of Abu Dhabi in addition to president of the union, follows the death of Sheikh Khalifa, the late president of the UAE, on Friday.

The U.S. relationship with the UAE has been strained in recent years. Since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the U.S.

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