The eighth dialogue on economic policy between the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates was held in Washington, DC, the day before yesterday.
The US and UAE sides affirmed their commitment to increase the volume of cooperation between them, and to search for new opportunities in many areas, including climate change and the environment, security in the field of global health care and healthcare research, space, digital economy and new technologies, combating financial crimes, in addition to the economic empowerment of women.
The dialogue sessions were chaired by Abdel Nasser Jamal Al Shaali, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Economic and Trade Affairs, and Peter Haas, Acting Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Economic and Trade Affairs, with the aim of developing bilateral relations and strengthening the economic partnership between the two countries.
The dialogue sessions were opened by Ambassador Marcia Berniket, Chief Responsible for Economic Development, Energy and Environment, and Joey Hood, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and Shaima Hussein Gargash, Deputy UAE Ambassador to the United States, along with a number of senior officials from the governments of the two countries. And they affirmed the two countries’ desire to expand their relations in an effort to explore new opportunities in the fields of healthcare research, space programs, the environment, and trade.
The two sides praised the holding of dialogue sessions in direct and not virtual presence, despite the challenges posed by the critical health situation the world is witnessing, and affirmed their commitment to continuing communication and openness between them.
The delegations of both sides affirmed the strength of the constructive US-Emirati economic relations, with the UAE maintaining its position as the largest trading partner of the United States in the Middle East and North Africa for the twelfth consecutive year.
A package of achievements in the field of empowering women in the economic sector, cooperation initiatives to develop the economic and social fields, the effectiveness of anti-money laundering policies, combating terrorist financing, improving procedures for protecting intellectual property rights, as well as the positive development of the investment environment were highlighted. The participants in the dialogue noted the historic event of the signing of the Abrahamic Peace Agreement in September 2020.
At the conclusion of the meetings, the delegations of the two countries affirmed their desire to work closely together to enhance cooperation between them and to identify appropriate means to establish broader partnerships in the region while searching for new opportunities for cooperation and positive rapprochement.
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