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UAE-US relationship to be determined by what Trump can deliver

David Andrew Weinberg
16th May 2017 - Quoted by Ola Salem - ArabianBusiness.com

The United States pledged to break away from the old policy of reluctance that defined the relationship between Washington and the Gulf states, after meetings with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince.

During the two-day visit, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, met with US President Donald Trump at the White House and discussed Iran’s threat to the region, the war in Syria, military cooperation in fighting extremism, ISIS and Al Qaeda and resolving the conflict in Yemen.

Although a level of uncertainty followed Trump’s election last year, with his infamous campaign rhetoric calling for a Muslim ban and criticising Gulf states, his approach in a mere few months since assuming office has left much enthusiasm to a malaise-ridden region.

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David Weinberg, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, specialising in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, agreed. He said the UAE was “ecstatic” about Trump's approach to Iran.

“They have been looking for some time for an American partner to push-back against Iran..” he said. “They are looking for America to turn rhetoric into action.”

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iran, saudi-arabia