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A group of senior House Members including Speaker John Boehner has concluded a two-day trip in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is a crucial American ally in the Middle East, as well as an emerging economic powerhouse in the region.

“We’re proud to call Abu Dhabi a friend and ally,” Boehner said.  “It is a great example of how tolerance and free-market principles can lead to success around the world, and it shares our commitment to safety and security in the increasingly-troubled Middle East.”

The House delegation met with the Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, visited the new Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, and met with American and Emirates armed forces personnel at Al Dhafra Air Base.

The UAE cooperates closely with the U.S. on issues like the situations in Syria and Egypt, Iran sanctions, and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Emirates troops also serve alongside Americans in Afghanistan.

The UAE is an expanding market for American automobiles, military and civilian aircraft, and services - including law firms, accounting agencies, and financial services firms - as it increases its role as a regional hub for business.

The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is an extension of the world-renowned medical facility in Ohio, and is part of a group of American institutions that are expanding in the UAE, including New York University and the Guggenheim.  

The Boehner-led group of House Members included Education & Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), and Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR).