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UAE, US discuss defence coordination following Abu Dhabi attacks

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi arrives for a meeting with British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson at Downing Street on 16 September 2021 in London, England. [Leon Neal/Getty Images]
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi on 16 September 2021 [Leon Neal/Getty Images]

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, spoke on the phone with US Defence Secretary, Lloyd Austin, and discussed the recent Houthi attacks on the UAE and boosting defence coordination, Emirates News Agency, WAM, reported on Wednesday.

The agency said the two sides have discussed military and security cooperation and coordination in different areas of defence between the two countries, following the group's terrorist attacks.

The two sides have also discussed the Houthis' threat to regional security and stability, and "the need to take a firm international stance toward such aggressive practises".

During the call, Austin reiterated Washington's condemnation of the attacks and said it was standing by the UAE against threats to its security and territorial integrity.

On Monday, three people were killed near Abu Dhabi, when Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group attacked the Emirate with missiles and drones, setting off explosions in fuel trucks and causing a fire near the airport of Abu Dhabi.

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