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NEWS | April 21, 2015

US, UAE defense leaders discuss bilateral relationship

By DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015 - Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates discussed the U.S.-UAE bilateral defense relationship and other issues during a meeting here Monday, according to a Defense Department statement.

Carter emphasized the importance of the U.S.-UAE strategic partnership and reiterated both countries' shared commitment to ensuring a stable and secure Middle East, the statement said.

The secretary also lauded bilateral security cooperation between the two countries and commended the UAE's efforts to work with the United States to expand regional military collaboration, according to the statement.

The meeting ended with a discussion of regional issues, including the Gulf Cooperation Council-led air campaign in Yemen, the coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and ongoing regional negotiations.