Saudi-UAE Alliance and Military Relations have been in news due to the Yemen Crisis, Syrian War and Qatar Dispute. Now Saudi-UAE relations have hit a new high after a multitude of collaborative defence and economic initiatives were announced during the first Joint Coordination Council (JCC) meeting. Many experts believe that Saudi-UAE Alliance is the first step towards weakening the existing Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and isolate Qatar.
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The Mighty Saudi-UAE Alliance
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) received Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed in Jeddah, where both the leaders discussed a variety of joint initiatives and ways to further strengthening the Saudi-UAE Relations.
“We have a historic opportunity to develop an extraordinary Arab model of cooperation,” “We are the two largest economies of the Arab world besides having one of the most modern armed forces. The economies of both Saudi Arabia and the UAE amount to the GDP of over one trillion dollars, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said.
In December 2017, the UAE and Saudi Arabia announced the launch of a “Joint Co-operation Committee” to coordinate “all defence, political, economic, trade and cultural fields”. This initiative is aimed at expanding the Saudi-UAE relations and cooperation on a variety of matters.
Saudi-UAE Alliance can be judged from the fact that both nations have stood together to impose a year-long blockade of Qatar, the bombardment of Yemen, and a long-standing power struggle with Iran. The Saudi-UAE Coordination Council has a strong emphasis on security issues, and critics believe it is intended to replace the GCC and eventually exclude Qatar from the core group.
Earlier, EurAsian Times reported in June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, which, according is believed to be a Saudi-led initiative. The four nations accused Qatar of sponsoring “terrorism”, destabilizing the region, and indirectly collaborating with Iran, an allegation vehemently rejected by Doha.
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