This past March, diplomats from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy in Washington, DC, visited government, business, and community leaders in Atlanta to discuss new possibilities for future collaboration and celebrate the growing trade relationship between the UAE the United States. This relationship has expanded very quickly in Georgia, which exported $790 million worth of merchandise to the UAE. This figure represents a 95% increase since 1999. At present, Georgia ranks eighth among American states with the highest UAE export rates. Savannah remains one of the most important ports with nearly $1.2 billion worth of UAE trade last year.
During their time in Atlanta, UAE diplomats met with distinguished members of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, as well as representatives from Invest Atlanta and the Mayor’s Office. One of the primary topics of conversation was local sustainability and how initiatives for it can increase cooperation between Atlanta and the UAE. The diplomats also spoke at Grady High School on the economic diversification of the UAE and role that Emirati women play in government, business, and culture.
His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States, appeared on MSNBC’s talk show Morning Joe on April 4, 2014, and discussed the United States’ role in the Middle East. During a segment that lasted just more than 5 minutes, Ambassador Al Otaiba provided context for a written statement he had previously issued outlining the tasks that the United States and the UAE face in the Middle East. According to the ambassador, those tasks range from putting a stop to ongoing violence in Syria and stabilizing Egypt to containing the threats posed by Iran’s nuclear program and fighting terrorism.
The show’s hosts posed several questions to Ambassador Al Otaiba, beginning with whether there is a perception in the Gulf Region that the United States has become less involved in the Middle East. They went on to ask him how U.S. leaders might be able to convince their electorate of the importance of continuing engagement with Middle Eastern nations. To view the full interview, go to www.on.msnbc.com/1dUCZsD.