WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama and United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan on Monday reaffirmed their respective countries' commitments to halt terror groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State.
The two met at the White House to discuss a variety of topics, a statement from the White House indicated. Specific details of their conversation weren't revealed.
"They underscored the strong partnership between our two countries, and reaffirmed their mutual commitment to close defense and security cooperation, including in counterterrorism, in particular against ISIL and al Qaida," the statement said, using an alternative acronym for IS or ISIS.
Obama and al Nahyan also talked about expanding ties between the two countries in trade, commerce and clean energy.
On UAE regional matters, ongoing conflicts in Yemen, Libya, Syria and Iraq were discusses, as well as a long-term deal to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. These matters are expected to come up next month at meetings between the United States and leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council.