Catch-up at Camp David: When Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed visited the presidential retreat

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi met with then US president George W Bush at the country home back in 2008

Then-president George W Bush shakes hands with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, as the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi arrives in Maryland on June 26, 2008. Getty Images
Then-president George W Bush shakes hands with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, as the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi arrives in Maryland on June 26, 2008. Getty Images

Eleven years ago this week, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, visited then US president George W Bush at Camp David in Maryland. He arrived on June 26, 2008, and stayed overnight at the official presidential country retreat. The leaders held private talks during the visit.

Sheikh Mohamed’s trip came five months after Mr Bush visited the UAE in January 2008. In August that year, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, also visited Camp David.

After the meetings, Dana Perino, then White House press secretary, said that Mr Bush had thanked the leaders for “the efforts the UAE has made in improving diplomatic relations in the region”.

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Published: June 29, 2019 09:10 AM

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