Obama to host United Arab Emirates leader

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Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the half-brother of Abu Dhabi's hereditary ruler, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the deputy supreme commander of the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates, and is next in line to become president of the UAE. The Emirates are an important source of oil and gas for the U.S. market and a key strategic ally in a volatile region.

Here's the White House announcement:

Statement by the Press Secretary Announcing the Visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates

President Obama will welcome Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates to the White House on Tuesday, April 16. The President looks forward to discussing with the Crown Prince the strong and enduring ties between the United States and the UAE and consulting on common strategic interests in the Gulf region and broader Middle East.

The United States and the UAE enjoy a vibrant and expanding bilateral relationship, including strong defense cooperation and economic ties, and a shared commitment to advancing peace, economic opportunity, and stability throughout the world. The United States remains firmly committed to continuing to deepen the U.S.-UAE partnership through close and regular consultations between our two countries.