Statement

Statement | Oct. 19, 2021

Readout from Gen. Frank McKenzie's visit with the United Arab Emirates’ Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Oct. 19, 2021

U.S. Central Command commander Gen. Frank McKenzie met with the United Arab Emirates’ Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi in Abu Dhabi today.

The leaders agreed on the importance of maintaining the momentum of bilateral defense cooperation, bringing the conflict in Yemen to a peaceful conclusion and keeping pressure on Daesh’s remnants in Iraq, Syria and other countries.

“UAE’s support to the global coalition to defeat Daesh has been tremendous,” McKenzie said. “Together, we continue to disrupt Daesh’s ability to organize, plan attacks and spread its propaganda.”

McKenzie also expressed his appreciation for UAE’s willingness to temporarily host U.S. citizens, at-risk Afghans and other evacuees from Afghanistan.