Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 24, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2016 (TSR) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates met on Monday in Abu Dhabi to discuss a range of regional issues, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a readout of the meeting.

The meeting at the Emirates Palace took place on the heels of the secretary’s visits to both Turkey and Iraq and in the middle of a weeklong trip that will also include stops in Brussels and France.

Carter and Prince Mohammed, who is also the deputy supreme commander of UAE’s armed forces, began the meeting with a discussion of the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the battle for Mosul in Iraq, Cook said.

The conversation then turned to U.S.-UAE cooperation on countering terrorism and defending freedom of navigation around the Arabian Peninsula, he said.

Both parties emphasized the importance of the U.S.-UAE strategic partnership and reiterated the shared commitment to ensuring a stable and secure Middle East, Cook said. ?

The two leaders noted the already strong bilateral security cooperation and agreed to deepen defense ties going forward, he said.

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