A senior U.S. diplomat assessed that “Iran seeks to impede the peaceful progress of normalisation by any means and their threats put the UAE at a greater risk. The UAE reports an increasing number of cyber threats following their participation in the Abraham Accords. This is consistent with what we are seeing elsewhere”. Discussing proposed U.S. arms sales to the UAE, the diplomat argued that “when we look at the shared risk and the threats coming from and emanating from Tehran and Iranian proxies, it is incumbent upon the U.S., it is – as well is incumbent upon those partners in the region to actually address their capabilities and be more interoperable with each other”.
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