Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Malak Harb)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden began a Middle East tour Monday with a visit to the capital of the United Arab Emirates, an important Gulf ally and regional commercial hub.The trip will include talks on U.S. economic and energy interests, as well as security concerns about Iran and Syria, the White House has said.Biden visited Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Monday morning, pausing outside to remove his black dress shoes in keeping with Islamic custom.Accompanying Biden on the mosque tour was its director-general, Yousif Abdallah Alobaidli, and Minister of State Reem al-Hashimi.Biden's visit to the country is expected to include talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the powerful crown prince of Abu Dhabi, and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, who is the federation's vice president and prime minister.
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