International Desk: US President Joe Biden greets new UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He also described the new president as his "longtime friend."
In a statement, Biden said, "I congratulate Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election as President of the United Arab Emirates. He is our longtime friend. '
"I look forward to working with the people of the United States and the United Arab Emirates to strengthen the bonds between the two countries."
Biden said in a statement that a government delegation led by US Vice President Kamala Harris would visit the emirate on Monday. There, on behalf of the Biden administration and the people of the United States, they will offer their condolences to former UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Kamala is also scheduled to hold talks with new President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The meeting will focus on strengthening the partnership between the two countries on various issues and deepening the ties between the two countries in the coming years.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of Dubai, passed away at the age of 83 on Friday. One day after his death, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected the new president of the country by the Federal Supreme Council, the highest government policy-making body of the UAE government.
Former President Sheikh Khalifa's half-brother Sheikh Mohammed is known as the de facto ruler of the emirate.
Besides, Sheikh Mohammed, popularly known as 'MBZ', is considered one of the most influential leaders in the Arab world. The Crown Prince, a graduate of Sandhurst, Britain's Royal Military Academy, leads one of the best military forces in the Gulf region.