Former US Defense Secretary William Cohen called for more direct US foreign military sales to the Arabian Gulf region at the IDEX Defence Conference here on Saturday.

Cohen, CEO of The Cohen Group, told Defense News that the UAE is interested in acquiring UAV systems from the US, finalizing the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense system and upgrading its F-16 Block 60 fighters to Block 61.

“The UAE need high-end capabilities,” Cohen said at the conference, which was held ahead of the main IDEX show, opening on Sunday. “They are someone that we need to be working very closely with because should there be any conflicts in the region today they will be in the front lines with us.” […]