Following months of strained ties between Washington and the oil-rich Gulf state, US Vice President Kamala Harris led a high-level delegation to meet the new president of the United Arab Emirates, who takes over after his half-brother’s death.

Harris led the most powerful delegation to visit the UAE since President Joe Biden took office last year, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and CIA Director William Burns.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, or “MBZ,” the de facto ruler for years, was elected president on Saturday, a day after his long-ailing half-brother, former leader Sheikh Khalifa, died.

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