The following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates following the sixth U.S.-U.A.E. Economic Policy Dialogue.

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The United States and United Arab Emirates held their sixth Economic Policy Dialogue in Washington, D.C., on June 20, 2019.

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy and Negotiations David Meale co-chaired the meeting with U.A.E. Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperations Economic and Trade Affairs Department Abdulnasser Al Shaali. U.A.E. Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba also participated.

The two sides reaffirmed their ongoing commitment to further deepening ties between the two countries and the importance of the U.S.-U.A.E. economic relationship in promoting regional prosperity and stability.

The delegates emphasized the benefits of the Economic Policy Dialogue as a platform to further enhance bilateral ties and underlined their desire to regularly employ the Dialogue as a mechanism to pursue mutually beneficial economic, trade and commercial outcomes, overcome trade barriers, improve regional cooperation, and enhance investment interaction.

The two sides acknowledged that bilateral trade in goods reached close to $25 billion in 2018, with almost 75 percent of this sum constituting U.S. exports to the U.A.E., the United States fourth largest trade surplus globally. It was also recognized that the United States is one of the U.A.E.’s most important global economic partners and that for over a decade the U.A.E. has been the United States largest Middle East and North African trading partner.

Delegates discussed a range of economic policy issues and fields of cooperation, including in respect to space, food security, artificial intelligence, innovation, the digital economy, technology, and health. It was underlined that there remains significant scope for the United States and U.A.E. to bolster their cooperation and explore new opportunities in these fields to the mutual interest of both sides.

The two sides discussed potential cooperation in the field of women’s economic empowerment both regionally and globally, including removing obstacles to women’s participation in the economy and supporting women entrepreneurs. The U.A.E. shared the great strides it has made in the field of women’s economic empowerment, and the two sides explored areas of cooperation and synergy in line with the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, a U.S. effort that aims to empower women globally to fulfill their economic potential.

Delegations from the two countries also met to discuss civil aviation matters, during which both governments reaffirmed their strong support for the United States United Arab Emirates Air Transport Agreement (ATA) of March 11, 2002, and the understandings in the May 11, 2018, Record of Discussion between the governments of the United States and the United Arab Emirates. That Record of Discussion reinforced the principle of a fair and equal opportunity to compete in providing international air transportation governed by the ATA. They underscored the shared and ongoing commitment of the United States and the United Arab Emirates to fully maintain all aspects of their Open Skies relationship established by the ATA.

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