U.S. and UAE release joint statement on partnership, counterterrorism

U.S. President Barack Obama and the United Arab Emirate's Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan released a statement on Tuesday about the strong partnership between the two countries.

In the joint statement, the two leaders reaffirmed a shared commitment to security and defense cooperation, including counterterrorism cooperation, joint training exercises and the deployment of interoperable U.S. defense system. President Obama expressed his appreciation for the UAE's contributions to NATO missions in Libya and Afghanistan.

The president and crown prince discussed multiple challenges in the Middle East, including the ongoing conflict in Syria, the need for Iran to fulfill its international obligations with its nuclear program and countering violent extremism.

The two leaders pledged during the meeting to sustain the expanded economic ties between the U.S. and the UAE. The UAE is the largest export market for the U.S. in the Middle East. The UAE is also a significant U.S. investor.

President Obama praised the UAE for its successful hosting of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai in December. Both leaders discussed how important it was to foster broad-based economic opportunity in the Middle East, especially for young people.

The U.S. and the UAE are also fostering new relationships in healthcare, education and the arts.