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Obama, Abu Dhabi crown prince discuss need for military equipment

US President will meet with GCC leaders at the White House on May 13

Obama, Abu Dhabi crown prince discuss need for military equipment
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (L) of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces in the Oval Office of the White House April 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

President Barack Obama met for more than an hour with Abu Dhabi's crown prince on Monday and discussed the conflicts in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Libya, and the United Arab Emirates' need for military equipment, the White House said.

Obama and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan "reaffirmed their mutual commitment to close defense and security cooperation," the White House said in a statement after the meeting.

The UAE is part of the US-led coalition fighting ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria, and is also part of the Saudi-led alliance engaged in air strikes in Yemen against the Iran-allied Shi'ite Houthi group.

"The leaders discussed the ongoing need for expedited provision of essential military equipment and supplies to the UAE" in the context of the fight against ISIL and US support for the Yemen operations, said Alistair Baskey, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

Obama also discussed the framework deal reached with Iran and world powers earlier this month with the crown prince, the White House said.

Obama will meet with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council at the White House on May 13 and at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland, on May 14 to discuss the issues roiling the Middle East.

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DDK 5 years ago

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed. Great Pragmatic Leader.