March 6, 2020 / 7:39 AM / a month ago

Abu Dhabi crown prince talks coronavirus cooperation with Bill Gates

FILE PHOTO: Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan attends the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Mecca, Saudi Arabia May 30, 2019. Picture taken May 30, 2019. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - The crown prince of the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi tweeted on Friday that he had discussed cooperation in fighting the new coronavirus with U.S. billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates.

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates federation, which has reported at least 27 coronavirus cases.

“My good friend @BillGates and I discussed over a call the importance of enhancing cooperation between multilateral institutions and private entities in the global fight against all diseases and COVID19 in particular,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the de-facto ruler of the UAE, tweeted. “We have been and will remain strong partners in this effort.”

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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