ABU DHABI -- US media highlighted a Monday summit meeting at the White House between His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, noting that it has set the stage for a new and highly-important phase in the historic and strategic relations between the UAE and the United States.

Their talks covered ways of promoting and consolidating bilateral relations as well as international issues with a focus on the war on terrorism and crises in the Middle East.

It was their first face-to-face meeting since Trump took office in January, according to the Associated Press, AP.

Sheikh Mohamed's visit to Washington comes days before Trump travels to Saudi Arabia for a summit with Muslim leaders.

Sitting alongside one another in the Oval Office, Trump called Sheikh Mohamed a "very special person" who loves his country and loves the U.S., the Washington Times said.

As he welcomed Sheikh Mohamed into the Oval Office, Trump told reporters it was a "great honor" and gave a nod to their long relationship.

"He is special. I respect him, and I've known him for a long time," the paper reported.

He said Sheikh Mohamed "loves his country. I can tell you that, loves his country. And I think [he] loves the United States, which to us is very important."

"Mr. Trump set the itinerary to show that he is not a foe of the Muslim world and underscore the urgent need for stronger partnerships across the Middle East," the Washington Times said.

Fox News Business noted that the UAE-US relationship "is being reset as two strong partners defeating terror in the world... These two allies work together to fight against extremism and terror."

In a report titled "Trump - Abu Dhabi Meeting Offers Middle East Reset", the network said "these meetings come at a critical time as the war on terror is heating up."

Developments in the region "are making our mutual relationship more critical than ever."

The report said that the Trump doctrine of taking quick, decisive action against terrorists or foes that cross red lines is much more welcome in the region.

Source: Emirates News Agency