U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is set to head to the United Arab Emirates on Monday, leading a presidential delegation to express in-person condolences on the death of the UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Harris will also meet with the new president, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, according to a statement from her press secretary, Kirsten Allen.
“In addition to honoring the memory and the legacy of Sheikh Khalifa, the Vice President will underscore the strength of the partnership between our countries and our desire to further deepen our ties in the coming months and years,” Allen said Saturday.
Harris’ delegation will include U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to a statement Saturday from State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.
Blinken said in a statement: “We look forward to working closely together to build on the extraordinary partnership between the United States and the United Arab Emirates that grew under His Highness Sheikh Khalifa’s presidency, and continuing our dialogue to advance a more peaceful and secure region and world.”
President Joe Biden called the late UAE leader “a true partner and friend of the United States.”