August 13, 2020

Mohamed bin Zayed: UAE strongman who normalised ties with Israel

Abu Dhabi (AFP) – Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the first Gulf leader to strike a deal normalising relations with Israel, has long been seen as a strongman who has driven the UAE’s rise to diplomatic prominence.A trained soldier and football fan, Sheikh Mohamed has for years been the quiet power behind the throne of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.In a 2009 note to US President Barack Obama leaked by WikiLeaks, former American ambassador Richard Olson said the royal — better known as MBZ — was “the man who runs the United Arab Emirates”.Despite a low profile, and his…


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