UAE eyes $150m US Marine Corps training deal

The UAE has expressed interest in a $150m deal with the United States which would see the US Marine Corps extending its contract to train the UAE’s Presidential Guard.The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of the possible foreign military sale for blanket order training and associated training and logistical support.

It said the Government of the UAE has requested a possible sale for follow on United States Marine Corps blanket order training, training support, and other related elements of programme support for the UAE Presidential Guard Command.

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A statement said the proposed sale will provide the continuation of US Marine Corps training of the UAE’s Presidential Guard for counterterrorism, counter-piracy, critical infrastructure protection, and national defence.

The training also provides engagement opportunities through military exercises, training, and common equipment. The Presidential Guard currently uses these skills alongside US forces, particularly in Afghanistan, the statement added.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East,” said the US agency.

The UAE continues to offer host-nation support for US forces stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base and plays a vital role in supporting US regional interests, the agency added.

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