US President Barack
Obama had what the White House described as productive,
wide-ranging talks with the crown prince of the United Arab
Emirates on Tuesday but few details of their discussion were
The United Arab Emirates has been among the Gulf Arab
states seeking to negotiate an orderly transition of power in
Yemen after three months of unrest.
Obama is also attempting to persuade world oil powers to
increase production of crude to help alleviate a surge in US
gasoline prices that have put political pressure on him at
A White House statement said Obama and Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan emphasized strong ties between
their two countries and the importance of continued close
"The two leaders had a productive and wide-ranging
discussion which focused on our common strategic interests in
the region," the statement said.
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