US-UAE defence agreement comes into force

The US and the UAE on Wednesday (May 29th) announced that a mutual defence co-operation agreement had come into force, amid increasing tensions between the US and Iran, AFP reported.

"The Defence Co-operation Agreement (DCA) will enhance military co-ordination between the US and the UAE, further advancing an already robust military, political and economic partnership at a critical time," a joint statement said.

"The US and the UAE share a deep interest in promoting prosperity and stability in the region," the statement said.

"The DCA will advance that interest by fostering closer collaboration on defence and security matters and supporting efforts by both nations to maintain security in the Gulf region," it added.

US national security advisor John Bolton was in Abu Dhabi Wednesday, meeting his Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The meeting came on the eve of emergency Arab and Gulf summits called by Saudi Arabia to discuss the stand-off and ways to isolate Tehran.

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