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US not notified yet of UAE's withdrawal from Gulf maritime coalition

The announcement that the UAE had withdrawn its participation in the Combined Maritime Forces coalition appears to be Abu Dhabi's latest signal to Washington that it wants serious dialogue on security guarantees.
 A US Navy Martin UAV drone hovers mid-air beneath a US Navy SH-60S Seahawk helicopter, while Bahraini Coast Guard ship Deraa 13 (L), US Coast Guard cutter Maui (C), and Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF) Abdulrahman Al Fadhel (R) operate on Gulf waters during joint naval exercise between US 5th Fleet Command and Bahraini forces, on October 26, 2021. - The US and Bahrain navies conducted a joint exercise at sea, launching a series of drills integrating unmanned systems into regional maritime operations. (Phot

WASHINGTON — The US has not received formal notification that the United Arab Emirates has any plans to stop participating in a multinational maritime security coalition led by the American Navy in the Gulf region, Al-Monitor has learned.

The UAE Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the country had withdrawn its participation from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) coalition.

“As a result of our ongoing evaluation of effective security cooperation with all partners, two months ago, the UAE withdrew its participation in the Combined Maritime Forces,” the UAE’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a press release.

“The UAE remains committed to responsibly ensuring the safety of navigation in its seas, in accordance with international law,” it continued. 

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