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ABU DHABI, U.A.E. -Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today visited the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), the first stop in his four-nation swing through the Middle East.  Secretary Bodman expressed his gratitude, on behalf of the United States, to the U.A.E. for their support and contributions to those affected by the hurricanes that hit the Gulf of Mexico region earlier this year, and their committed response to help keep world oil markets stable.

"Our domestic and international oil markets were affected by the uncertainty that was caused by the hurricanes that hit the Gulf of Mexico this summer, but thanks to the leadership in countries like the U.A.E., the world's oil suppliers met the need and quickly eased supply concerns," Secretary Bodman said.

While in the U.A.E., Secretary Bodman met with U.A.E. President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, and Energy Minister Mohammed bin Dha'en Al-Hamili.  During these discussions, Secretary Bodman updated them on hurricane recovery efforts in the U.S. energy sector and discussed ways that the two nations can work together to keep markets well-supplied.  

Secretary Bodman also met with U.A.E. government and business leaders, as well as American business leaders, to discuss the U.S.'s support of U.A.E.'s efforts to further economic liberalization and expand opportunities for foreign investment in the U.A.E.

From Abu Dhabi, Secretary Bodman will travel to Dubai, U.A.E., before continuing his trip through the Middle East.

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