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United States Congress has been notified by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) of a $150 million US Marine Corps contract to provide training and support to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) presidential guard, the DSCA confirmed in a statement.

The UAE Presidential Guard is a special military unit operates outside the traditional framework of armed forces like ground, marine and air forces. It was formed between 2010 and 2011.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East,” the DSCA statement reads. “The UAE continues host-nation support of vital U.S. forces stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base and plays a vital role in supporting U.S. regional interests.”

“The proposed sale will provide the continuation of U.S. Marine Corps training of the UAE’s Presidential Guard for counterterrorism, counter-piracy, critical infrastructure protection, and national defense,” the statement continues. “The training also provides engagement opportunities through military exercises, training, and common equipment. The Presidential Guard currently uses these skills alongside U.S. forces, particularly in Afghanistan.

The statement also stresses that the proposed sale won’t require permanent presence of U.S. Government or contractor representatives in the UAE. Training teams will travel to the country on a temporary basis.

Read more: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140109/DEFREG04/301090026/US-Congress-Notified-Approve-150-Million-UAE-Training

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