US signs defense cooperation pact with UAE in midst of its human rights abuses
U.S. and U.A.E. officials recently signed a landmark Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) expanding work in key defense and security arenas between the two partners.
The deal was signed on May 8 and revealed to the public for the first time on Monday during Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s visit to Washington.
The agreement came amid growing concern over human rights violations recently reported in the UAE after the detention of leading activist Ahmed Mansoor and the extension of a number of prisoners' arrest without any legal basis despite having fully spending their prison sentences.
The deal also came while prominent human rights defender Nasser Bin Ghaith continues his open-ended hunger strike for nearly two months demanding his unconditional release.