Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed meets US secretary of defence

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi received Lloyd Austin at Al Shati Palace

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, met the US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin on Sunday night.

Sheikh Mohamed received Mr Austin at Al Shati Palace in Abu Dhabi.

The pair discussed strategic relations between the two countries “across various levels, with special emphasis on areas of defence”, according to the state news agency Wam.

They also reviewed a number of international and regional issues of interest.

After the meeting, Mr Austin said it was an honour to meet Sheikh Mohamed and "reaffirm our strong strategic partnership".

"I am especially grateful for UAE’s support in transiting evacuees from Afghanistan, as well as their gracious hosting of our troops," he said on Twitter.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, undersecretary of the Crown Prince's Court of Abu Dhabi and Maj Gen Saleh Al Ameri, commander of Joint Operations at the Ministry of Defence, were present during the high-level meeting.

Updated: November 22nd 2021, 9:03 AM