U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and a delegation of senior officials arrived in Abu Dhabi on Monday to offer their condolences after the death of UAE leader Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in an apparent attempt to step up ties. broken with allies in the Arabian Gulf.
Washington’s desire to improve ties with the Gulf monarchies comes in a new urgency, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which highlighted the importance of Gulf oil producers as Europe seeks to reduce its energy dependence on Russia, according to Reuters.
Kamala Harris traveled to the United Arab Emirates with top US government officials
The United States delegation, led by Vice President Kamala Harris, includes almost all of Biden’s top national security aides, from secretaries of state and defense and the head of the Central Intelligence Agency to senior White House officials.
The Gulf states have so far refused to take part in the conflict in Ukraine. OPEC heavyweights, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have also resisted calls to increase production to help ease crude oil prices that have exacerbated global inflation.
The composition of the delegation reflects Washington’s desire to show its commitment to the region, say senior US officials.
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