ABU DHABI (WKOW) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is trying to maintain positive relationships between America and Abu Dhabi. Gates has been crisscrossing Afghanistan, this week. But now, he's turning his attention to avoiding full blown conflict with Iran and Yemen. The two nations have given the U.S. government headaches lately.
During a meeting Thursday with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Gates is expected to discuss ongoing regional security worries about Iran, the threat in Yemen and the United Arab Emirates' continuing interest in developing a more sophisticated missile defense system.
His concerns were reflected in remarks he made earlier. He said the U.S. must do more for countries that have problems before the troubles erupt and trigger military action.