Biden congratulates Mohammed bin Zayed on his election as President of the Emirates

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The American president on Saturday congratulated his “

longtime friend

” Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ), elected president of the United Arab Emirates, of which he was already the de facto ruler.

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The Emirates are an essential partner of the United States

” assured the American president in a press release stressing that he was eager to “

strengthen the ties

” between the two countries, and saluting the memory of Khalifa ben Zayed al-Nahyan, the half -brother of Mohammed ben Zayed, who died the day before.

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