United Arab Emirates (UAE) Withdraws from US-Led Maritime Coalition, Signaling US Decline
(MENAFN) In a significant move that further undermines US hegemony in the West Asia region, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced its withdrawal from a US-led maritime coalition. This decision adds to the growing perception of US decline and highlights the shifting dynamics in the region. The UAE's foreign ministry released a statement on Wednesday, stating that the country had withdrawn its participation in the Combined Maritime Forces as part of an ongoing evaluation of effective security cooperation with all partners.
The UAE's statement emphasized its commitment to ensuring the safety of navigation in its seas in a responsible manner, aligning with international law. However, reports suggest that tensions between the US and the UAE may have influenced this decision. According to Western press reports, the UAE had expressed dissatisfaction with the perceived lack of action by the US in response to Iranian seizure of oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. The UAE firmly rejected these reports, stating that there had been a mischaracterization of US-UAE conversations regarding maritime security.
Beyond the specific details of the UAE-US differences, the withdrawal of Abu Dhabi from the US-led Combined Maritime Forces carries broader implications. It is seen as another manifestation of traditional US partners in the region gradually distancing themselves from Washington due to perceptions of a decline in US power on a global scale. The move by the UAE adds weight to the narrative of shifting alliances and realignment of regional dynamics, where traditional partnerships are being reevaluated in light of changing geopolitical realities.
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