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UAE: Outreach to Asian allies

The UAE finalised a defence security and co-operation agreement with Japan, with the deal signed by minister of state for defence affairs Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al-Bowardi and Japan’s minister of state for defence Tomohiro Yamamoto in the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on 12 May. Al-Bowadi also held talks with Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency commissioner Suzuki Yoshiyuki.Japan has traditionally taken a very cautious approach to arms exports and defence technology transfer, so any developments in this area are liable to be slow-moving.

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