Biden Hails UAE’s Long-time Commitment to Clean Energy Technologies
UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with President of the United States Joe Biden in Jeddah on Saturday during the Summit of the US, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan.
The two leaders discussed a range of regional and global opportunities and challenges ranging from diplomacy to energy security.
President Biden welcomed the UAE’s long-time commitment to global energy security as a reliable and responsible supplier and recognised its leading role in advancing climate action, energy transition, and in the development of clean energy technologies.
President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed extended President Biden an invitation to attend the COP28 to be convened in the UAE in 2023.
Both leaders noted the important launch of the water and solar energy arrangement between Israel and Jordan with Emirati and American backing and investment as a model for future partnerships in the region.
They asked their respective climate envoys, John Kerry and Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, to explore new opportunities in the climate and clean energy sphere to drive economic growth and sustainable development.
They noted the UAE’s successful Expo 2020 Dubai, which showcased the UAE as a convener of global events that promote sustainability, innovation, and dialogue.
President Biden also recognised the importance of the UAE as a force for change, global citizenship, and prosperity.
He acknowledged the UAE’s leadership in promoting religious co-existence and challenging religious hatred through such initiatives as the Abrahamic Family House and the Hedayah Center.
Biden expressed appreciation for the role the UAE has played in delivering thousands of tonnes of medical supplies to nations around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic and its response to calls for humanitarian assistance during natural disasters and conflicts around the region.
The two leaders also noted the exceptional position of the UAE as a tolerant home to more than 200 nationalities and faiths coexisting in peace and as the most sought-after destination for Arab youth seeking a brighter and more prosperous future.