De facto UAE leader visits Saudi crown prince amid tensions

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed meets Mohammed bin Salman in the capital Riyadh


Reuters July 19, 2021
Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan receives Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Presidential Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates November 27, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI:

The United Arab Emirates' de facto ruler arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, state media said, at a time of tensions between the two Gulf allies that led this month to an open standoff over oil policy.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the capital Riyadh.

A public dispute this month between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi disrupted policy setting by OPEC+, an oil producers' group that comprises OPEC and a numver of allies.

On Sunday, OPEC+ secured agreement to boost oil supplies after the two Gulf producers reached an understanding.

Analysts say increasing economic competition is laying bare differences between Saudi Arabia and the UAE as the kingdom moves to challenge its smaller neighbour's dominance as the region's business, trade and tourism hub.

State media did not say what the Emirati leader would do during the visit.

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