U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
October 15, 2019
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale traveled to the United Arab Emirates for meetings with senior government officials today. The Under Secretary met with National Security Advisor Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash. The Under Secretary expressed solidarity with the Emirates and our Gulf partners in the face of Iranian aggression and U.S. resolve to secure freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz. He discussed the need for a political solution to the conflict in Yemen and thanked the Emiratis for their continued efforts to further a political resolution to the conflict. They all agreed on the need to work together to support regional stability and counter destabilizing behavior.