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Immediate Release

Readout of U.S.-United Arab Emirates Joint Military Dialogue

Pentagon Spokesman Lt. Col. David Herndon provided the following readout:

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl led a senior-level delegation to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the annual Joint Military Dialogue (JMD) with UAE's co-chair, Vice Chief of Defense Lt. Gen. Eisa al Mazrouie, November 21. The JMD is the foremost bilateral defense forum for advancing the U.S.-UAE defense partnership.

The delegations discussed a broad range of regional and defense issues, including threats to regional security, as well as increasing cooperation on counterterrorism, maritime security, and air and missile defense. Specific discussions focused on U.S. global defense strategy and cooperation on emerging capabilities.

Under Secretary Kahl reaffirmed U.S. commitment to a strong bilateral defense relationship. Both parties agreed on the importance of the U.S.-UAE strategic partnership as one based on shared interests and shared priorities.