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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Designations of the UAE
and the Kingdom of Bahrain as Major Strategic Partners of the United States
January 16, 2021

Today, we are announcing the designation of both the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain as “Major Security Partners” of the United States.

The designation as a “Major Security Partner” is a status unique to the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain. It recognizes our exceptional security partnership—exemplified by their hosting thousands of United States Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines—and the commitment of each country to countering violent extremism across the region. Most notably, both countries have participated in numerous United States-led coalitions over the past 30 years.

Today’s decision demonstrates a new level of partnership between the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom Bahrain and represents an enduring commitment to economic and security cooperation. It also reflects their extraordinary courage, determination, and leadership in entering into the Abraham Accords.