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UAE leader suffers broken arm, cancels Clinton meet

Clinton arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday at the start of a tour of Gulf Arab countries.

January 10, 2011 2:01 by



The president of the United Arab Emirates has cancelled a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a U.S. official said on Monday, following a report that he had broken his arm.

The official did not give a reason for the cancellation.

The UAE’s state news agency said Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan “fractured his arm this morning while undertaking his daily exercise.”

“Sheikh Khalifa will rest for several days,” it added without giving further details.

Clinton arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday at the start of a tour of Gulf Arab countries.

In August, the UAE said Khalifa, who was born in 1948, had received medical treatment for an undisclosed illness in Switzerland where he spent a month convalescing.

Sheikh Khalifa is the ruler of the wealthy oil-exporting Gulf Arab emirate of Abu Dhabi and the president of the U.S.-allied federation, the United Arab Emirates.

Analysts and diplomats say Sheikh Khalifa has appeared frailer than normal in public appearances over the past two years. They say Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, who is expected to succeed Sheikh Khalifa as UAE leader, is running day to day affairs.

The UAE groups Abu Dhabi and six other emirates, including the regional business hub and tourist magnet Dubai. Abu Dhabi is the seat of the federal union.

(Reporting by Andrew Hammond and Andrew Quinn; Editing by Samia Nakhoul)



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