ABU DHABI: US National Security Adviser John Bolton held talks on Monday with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed on regional issues and the fight against “terrorism,” state media said.
Bolton’s visit comes as international pressure mounts to end the war in Yemen, where government loyalists backed by an Arab-led coalition, including Emirati forces, are battling Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.
Serious & substantive meetings today in UAE w/ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan & National Security Advisor Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. We discussed Iran, Yemen, Afghanistan, counterterrorism & a range of other issues. Looking forward to joining @VP in Singapore.— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) November 12, 2018
Government forces, led on the ground by Emirati-backed troops, have made their way into Hodeidah after 11 days of clashes.
Ahead of the trip to the UAE, Bolton said in a tweet he was “looking forward to meeting with our friends in the UAE to discuss important regional issues.”
WAM state news agency said the talks focused on “cooperation between the two countries in several fields, as well as issues of concern to both countries.”
Bolton and Sheikh Mohammed, who is also deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, “exchanged views on several regional and international issues” and also discussed “international efforts and cooperation to confront terrorism and terrorist groups,” the agency reported.