U.S. President Joe Biden, in a phone call on Tuesday with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, underlined the strategic importance of the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, the White House said in a statement.
Biden also congratulated the crown prince on the UAE's upcoming 50th anniversary of independence "and the United Arab Emirates have undertaken on issues ranging from space to climate to defense and security," the statement said.
They also discussed regional tensions, including "the threat posed by Iran" and Middle East peace. Against that backdrop, they discussed the normalization deal. The crown prince "expressed his full support for strengthening and expanding these arrangements," the statement said.
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Israel established formal relations with the UAE in September as part of a U.S.-brokered agreement. The UAE and Israel share common concerns about Iran.
Biden and the crown prince also discussed Afghanistan and the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region, the White House said.