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    US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan agreed to deepen defense ties at all levels.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter met with the United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss counterterrorism efforts and regional security, US Department of Defense spokesperson Peter Cook said on Tuesday.

    "The conversation focused on counterterrorism cooperation, instability in Iraq and Syria and countering Iran's destabilizing activities," Cook stated in a press release.

    The meeting took place in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, ahead of a US-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    "Secretary Carter and the Crown Prince agreed to continue to deepen defense ties at all levels of the UAE and US militaries," Cook added.

    During his trip to the Middle East, Carter is expected to review counterterrorism agreements with GCC countries.


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