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Pope Francis greeted by powerful Abu Dhabi crown prince, as he lands in UAE

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Pope Francis is greeted by Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on his arrival to the Arabian Peninsula.

A young boy and girl in traditional Emirati dress hand the pontiff flowers after landing Sunday night. The two leaders then walk past an honor guard, all with traditional Arabic daggers at their waists.

Pope Francis and Sheikh Mohammed smile and speak to each other as they walk through the airport terminal.

The pope also meets a host of Cabinet ministers in a greeting line, as well as local Catholic and Muslim officials.

— AP

Pope Francis is welcomed by Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, upon his arrival at the Abu Dhabi airport, United Arab Emirates, on February 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)

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