Sheikh Khaled Named Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Sheikh Mansour UAE VP

(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Wednesday named Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the country's vice president and appointed Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, trend reports citing al arabiya .

Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was also named as the Minister of Presidential Court and was appointed alongside current Vice President Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, according to the Emirates News Agency (WAM).

Sheikh Mohamed appointed Sheikh Khaled as the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Hazza bin Zayed and Tahnoun bin Zayed as deputy rulers of Abu Dhabi, WAM said in later statements.

Sheikh Khaled, 41, the new crown prince, has risen to prominence at the country's state security service and as chairman of the powerful Abu Dhabi Executive Office.

The United Arab Emirates, a close US ally, is best known as the home of Dubai, a major international hub for business and travel.

During Sheikh Mohamed's rule, the UAE cultivated close ties with neighboring Saudi Arabia, initially joining in the war against Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi militants before largely exiting the conflict years later. The UAE has sought to project military power across the region as it has opposed the rise of Islamist groups.

In 2020, the UAE normalized relations with Israel in the first of the so-called Abraham Accords, followed by Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan. The UAE and other Gulf Arab nations had quietly maintained ties with Israel for years before then, drawn together by mutual suspicions of Iran.

The UAE hosts some 3,500 US troops, many at Abu Dhabi's Al-Dhafra Air Base, from where drones and fighter jets flew missions combating ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Dubai is the US Navy's busiest port of call abroad.


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