UAE Ambassador Seeks 'More Engagement' From US in Mideast

Friday, 04 Apr 2014 10:26 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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In a call for "more engagement" from America in the Mideast, Yousef al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States, said Americans need to understand it's in their interest to seek solutions to the region's problems.

"You have to make sure the U.S. side sees that it's in their interest to help resolve Syria. That it's in their interest to stabilize Egypt. That it's in their interest to prevent a nuclear Iran. That has to be an argument that resonates with the average American," Otaiba told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Friday.

Currently, Yousef said public opinion indicated "the average American thinks those are not his problems."

While the UAE enjoyed a "robust economic relationship," a "healthy military relationship," and a "wonderful relationship between our cultural institutions," he said he would like to see "more of that."

"Having a strong diverse relationship with the United States is in our interests. So, what we all want to see is finding ways to develop those relationships further," he said.

Yousef explained President Barack Obama's recent trip to Saudi Arabia was a positive step. He called for "more engagement" from the United States.

"We want to see more mechanisms where we work together to solve these problems," Yousef said.


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