USA designates United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as “main security partners”

The United States on Friday designated the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as "key security partners", a decision announced by the White House five days before the end of US President Donald Trump's term.

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According to a statement released by the White House press office, the designation corresponds to "a unique statute" that aims to recognize the "exceptional association [with Washington] in matters of security", pointing as an example "the reception of thousands of soldiers, sailors [e] aviators "of the United States Navy and" the commitment of each country to counter violent extremism throughout the region ".

"Both countries have participated in numerous coalitions led by the United States over the past 30 years," the document added.

The note also praises the "determination and leadership" of both countries to "sign the Abraham Accords" with Israel.

On September 15, Israel signed agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize diplomatic relations with those countries, in a ceremony at the White House.

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