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United Arab Emirates – United States relations
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United Arab Emirates – United States relations are bilateral relations between United Arab Emirates and the United States.


Diplomatic Relations

The United States was the third country to establish formal diplomatic relations with the UAE and has had an ambassador resident in the UAE since 1974. The two countries have enjoyed friendly relations with each other and have developed strong government-to-government ties including a close security cooperation. The quality of US-UAE relations increased dramatically as a result of the US-led coalition's campaign to end the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait. UAE ports host more U.S. Navy ships than any port outside the US.

Principal U.S. officials in Abu Dhabi include:

  • Ambassador--Richard G. Olson
  • Deputy Chief of Mission--Douglas C. Greene
  • Political Officer--Al Magleby
  • Economic Officer--Oliver John
  • Consular Officer--Robert Dolce
  • Public Affairs Officer--Steven Pike
  • Management Officer--Stewart Devine
  • Commercial Officer--Christian Reed

Leading the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC is Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, who presented his credentials in July 2008.

Bilateral Nuclear Cooperation Agreement


Signing and Authorization of the Agreement

On January 15, 2009, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed a bilateral agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation that enhances international standards of nuclear non-proliferation.[1]

President Barack Obama subsequently endorsed the agreement and submitted it to Congress on May 20, 2009 for the mandatory 90-day review.[2] After a hearing on Capitol Hill in July 2009, leaders of the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations Committees issued resolutions supporting the US-UAE nuclear cooperation agreement."[3]

Potential Impediment to Approval

On April 23, 2009, ABC News released a video of UAE Royal Sheikh Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, "the crown prince's brother torturing a man, allegedly because he cheated him on a grain deal."[4] On April 29, 2009, CNN reported that the controversy over the torture tape was delaying the ratification of the US-UAE nuclear agreement.[5] Ultimately, the tape didn't end up holding up the agreement, which was officially submitted to Congress by President Obama in May 2009[6] and endorsed by key Congressional leaders in the subsequent months.

See also

External links


  1. ^ "The United Arab Emirates and the United States Sign Bilateral Agreement for Peaceful Nuclear Energy Cooperation". Retrieved 2009-02-02.  
  2. ^ White House: Office of the Press Secretary Press Release
  3. ^ House Committee on Foreign Affairs, July 14, 2009
  4. ^ "ABC News Exclusive: Torture Tape Implicates UAE Royal Sheikh", ABC News, 20 April 2009
  5. ^ "Torture tape delays U.S.-UAE nuclear deal, say U.S. officials", by Elise Labott, CNN, April 29, 2009
  6. ^ White House: Office of the Press Secretary Press Release

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