The United States Secretary of Defense is to meet with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahayan. They will be discussing the problems in the Middle East. Their talks with involve that of Iraq, Yemen, and certainly Iran. The United States has been recieving increasing pressure in order to diffuse the Iranian nuclear power. The most famous of this pressure was when the Prince of Saudi Arabia said to “cut the head of the snake”.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates is meeting on Thursday with Emirati leaders on Iran’s nuclear programme and Al-Qaeda threat in Yemen, as WikiLeaks exposed Gulf Arab fears of the Islamic republic.
Gates was to meet the deputy commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahayan.
Their talks will touch on military cooperation and “challenges that we are working together to try to solve,” press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters travelling with the Pentagon chief.
They will also discuss “a range of bilateral and regional security issues,” Morrell said.
“They’ll likely to discuss the situation in Iraq, as well as Yemen, and certainly Iran.”
Gates’ visit to the UAE capital comes hot on the heels of the leaking of US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, detailing dismay among Gulf Arab states about Iran’s controversial nuclear programme and its growing missile arsenal.
Some Gulf leaders even pressed Washington to take military action against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to the US cables.
Most famously, Saudi King Abdullah was quoted as telling the United States in April 2008 to “cut off the head of the snake.”