Washington, D.C.: His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces yesterday concluded his visit to Washington, DC by meeting with US Congressional leaders and senior government officials.
During the meetings, the Crown prince discussed the close relationship between the UAE and US, and explored ways to strengthen bilateral ties in order to promote stability in the Arabian Gulf and broader Middle East.
Present were UAE Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Under Secretary of the Crown Prince's Court Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei and UAE Ambassador to Washington Yousef Al Otaiba. .
While on Capitol Hill, the Crown Prince met with Senator Bob Corker (TN), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Later in the day, he was hosted by House Majority Leader Representative Eric Cantor (VA) at a meeting with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Representative Ed Royce (CA), House Armed Services Committee Chairman Representative Howard "Buck" McKeon (CA), Representative Steny Hoyer (MD), Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Representative Eliot Engel (NY), Representative Ted Deutch (FL) and Representative Adam Smith (WA).
Noting the unprecedented events impacting the stability and security of the Middle East region, the Crown Prince and Congressional leaders agreed to further initiatives that will deepen the strong bilateral security and economic cooperation between the two nations. The leaders also discussed the rapidly growing trade relationship between the UAE and US, and the UAE's open and innovative economy, which is fuelling private sector growth and expanding economic opportunities for people across the region.
Sheikh Mohamed later attended a dinner event hosted in his honour by UAE Ambassador to Washington Yousef Al Otaiba. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
The UAE has spent Dh300 million on Mrajeeb Al Fhood, a refugee camp the nation built for Syrian refugees in Jordan.
The camp, which is 37 kilometres from the Syrian border, is nearing completion said Hazza Al Qahtani, representative of the Minister of International Cooperation and Development.
"The budget is open to increase," Mr Al Qahtani said yesterday at the Global Peace Award Forum 2013, which brings together organisations trying to create a more stable and peaceful world. It also aims to highlight the UAE's efforts and encourage initiatives in the field.
This week the Red Crescent Authority said phase one of the camp cost Dh26m. Once ready, the camp will house 25,000 refugees and ease the pressure on the Zaatari refugee camp, which has 76,000 refugees.
Jordan has received more than 300,000 refugees from Syria since the start of the civil war.
Mrajeeb Al Fhood is part of more than Dh1.1 billion in aid, to be administered directly by the UAE Government, pledged by the nation to Syrian refugees.
"The UAE's foreign aid does not have a political agenda behind it," said Mr Al Qahtani. "Our aid is aimed at relief efforts for distressed people.
"The fact the UAE has established a separate ministry to monitor and document aid coming out of the UAE . . . is a clear evidence of this." – The National