US President Joe Biden congratulates Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election as UAE president

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Twitter/@MohamedBinZayed)

Washington DC: US President Joe Biden on Saturday congratulated Abu Dhabi ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on being elected as the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Biden expressed hope to strengthen ties between the two countries. In a statement, Biden said, ” congratulate my long-time friend Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election as President of the United Arab Emirates.”

The US President further added, As I told Sheikh Mohammed yesterday during our phone call, the United States is determined to honour 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.”

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Biden said that Sheikh Mohammed has been at the forefront of building the US-UAE partnership. The US President had also had a telephonic with Sheikh Mohammed on Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin also welcomed the appointment of Sheikh Mohammed as the UAE president.

Earlier on Saturday, the 61-year-old was named president of the country. The Federal Supreme Council of the UAE convened to elect Sheikh Mohammed as the new president. He also succeeded Sheikh Khalifa as ruler of Abu Dhabi. Notably, Abu Dhabi has UAE’s 90 percent oil wealth.

Sheikh Mohamed was the UAE’s long-time de facto ruler. He used to run the country from behind the scenes as Sheikh Khalifa was sidelined due to ill health in 2014. Sheikh Mohamed has previously served as the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces since January 2005. Sheikh Khalifa died on Friday. He was buried at Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen cemetery after a simple ceremony.