Gulf Oil Powers Seek U.S. Security Treaty After Yemen Strikes Article content (Bloomberg) — Some Gulf Arab states are pursuing a written agreement with Washington that could primarily provide defense support after an escalation in attacks from fighters in Yemen on the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. We apologize,
, or Gulf Oil Powers Seek U.S. Security Treaty After Yemen Strikes Back to video The oil exporters are ideally seeking a formal treaty with the U.S. as they attempt to redraw a decades-old relationship at a time of broad geopolitical upheaval, people familiar with the proposal said. One said that bilateral defense agreements that are expanded and revised over time might also be an option.
Article content The people pointed to a pact that the UAE has with France as a possible model. That was revived after a deadly attack on the UAE capital Abu Dhabi by Yemeni fighters from the Iranian-backed Houthi group in January, with Paris deploying Rafale fighter jets to protect UAE airspace. The UAE is one of the countries seeking the agreement, the people said. Saudi Arabia is also pursuing the guarantees, and the UAE has been asking Israel to help push the case, according to people familiar with the discussions on both sides. Establishing a new treaty with the U.S. would require support from two-thirds of the Senate, a challenge in Washington’s highly-charged political environment. Saudis Say Oil Exports at Risk Unless Allies Foil Houthi Attacks