UAE withdraws from US-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)
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Recently the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced its withdrawal from the US-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a maritime alliance.
An overview of the news
A few weeks ago, Iran seized two tankers within a week in Gulf waters near the Strait of Hormuz.
The second tanker, Niovi, was on its way from Dubai to the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.
The UAE was disappointed by the lack of US response to the recent tanker seizures, saying it was a "misrepresentation" of the talks between the two countries.
Why did UAE withdraw from this alliance?
The UAE did not give any specific reasons for withdrawing from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in an official statement.
This could be part of a broader strategy by the UAE to assert its own regional influence, pursue independent foreign policies, or rebalance its relations with China and Iran.
About Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)
It was established in 2002.
Its objective is promoting security, stability, and prosperity across maritime regions.
Member Nations - 34 member nations: Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, United States, and Yemen.
Its main operations are counter-narcotics, counter-smuggling, suppressing piracy, encouraging regional cooperation.
Focus Areas - Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf, and surrounding areas.
In April 2022, India had announced that it would join the CMF as an Associate Partner.
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