The National quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on the sale of US Predator drones to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and what it means for the US-UAE relationship:

“The sale reflects the increasing closeness between the US and the UAE,” said Bilal Saab, a senior fellow for Middle East security at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington, “the latter being perceived by the former as its most competent and trusted partner in the Arab world.”

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