Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan received a prestigious US Award

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, received an award on Thursday from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s most prestigious award in recognition of his role in cementing the Abraham Accords.

At a gala event in New York, the Washington Institute presented its highest honor, the Scholar-Statesman Award, to Sheikh Mohamed for his leadership in securing peace with Israel last year.

The institute’s executive director, Robert Satloff, flew to Abu Dhabi recently and presented Sheikh Mohamed with the award, during which the leader made his first comments about the groundbreaking decision to transform the relationship between UAE and Isreal.

Sheikh Mohamed pointed to Sheikh Zayed, the Founding Father, as the inspiration behind taking the step, calling him a “man of peace and compassion”.

“That is his vision and we are committed to this path,” he said.

But he also highlighted the UAE’s vision for the future and the desire for Arab-Israeli peace as another impetus behind the Abraham Accords.

“First, for the Palestinians themselves. Second, to send a clear message to the world and the region that we are striving for peace.”

“Every decision has risks, undoubtedly, [and] we are also living in a complex region. But the rewards are an incentive and the outcomes we will achieve together are far greater than the drawbacks.”

He said the goal from the beginning was a peace that would positively affect cultural, technological and energy ties.

“When we decided on this step, we were looking forward to a level of co-operation that goes beyond just peace itself,” Sheikh Mohamed said.

“The UAE aspires to a greater peace, one that is for the benefit of all.”

Mr. Satloff told The National that giving Sheikh Mohamed the award was a natural decision for the Washington Institute’s board, given the transformational effects of the accords.


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