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Immediate Release

U.S. and UAE Conduct Joint Military Dialogue

Department of Defense spokesperson Lt. Col. Dave Herndon provided the following readout:

Senior delegations from the United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) met April 29-30 in the Pentagon for the annual U.S.-UAE Joint Military Dialogue (JMD).

The JMD is the foremost bilateral defense forum for advancing the U.S.-UAE defense partnership, including reviewing shared security interests as well as discussing a wide range of strategic objectives for the relationship and challenges in the region.

The delegations discussed a broad range of regional and defense issues, including regional threats, current regional security dynamics, counterterrorism, maritime security, air and missile defense, and security cooperation. Specific discussions focused on integrated air and missile defense and cooperation on emerging capabilities. In addition, the U.S. Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) Director, Mr. Michael R. Laychak, and the UAE Assistant Undersecretary for Support and Defence Industries, Major General Mubarak Saeed Al Jabri, formalized a bilateral technology security partnership with the signing of the Cooperative Technology Security Program (CTSP) Execution Plan.

The United States and the UAE reaffirmed their commitment to a strong bilateral defense relationship and recognized the UAE as a key partner in addressing regional challenges. Both sides agreed on the importance of the U.S.-UAE strategic partnership as one based on shared interests and shared priorities.    

The UAE delegation was led by Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. Gen Eisa Al Mazrouie. The U.S. delegation was led by Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Amanda Dory.