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Terms if violated; US, UAE nuclear deal would end

Wednesday saw an Obama administration official confirming that if the Middle East nation were to violate any terms of the deal, then the U. S. would cancel a nuclear energy agreement with the United Arab Emirates.

Lawmakers were tried to be convinced by Ellen Tauscher, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, who said that pact has been created to preserve sensitive technology from flowing to Iran or allowing the UAE to develop atomic weapons.

PetroTel and Oman sign oil agreement

United States Energy Major PetroTel has revealed that it has clinched a three-year exploration and production sharing agreement with the Sultanate of Oman.

Under the pact, the Texas-based company will be developing Block 17 in the north of the state.

This is the fourth arrangement which the non-Opec producer has inked with foreign companies in order to develop and explore for oil and gas as it seeks to boost production.

U.S. Soldiers with Swine Flu Leave Kuwait

A Kuwaiti health official informed on Sunday that the 18 swine flu affected U. S. soldiers had recovered and left.

These were the first cases of H1N1 influenza in the Gulf Arab oil-exporting region, a government official said on Sunday.

"(The troops) were confirmed with the virus upon their arrival from their country to the military base (in Kuwait)," said Ibrahim al-Abdulhadi.

On Saturday, KUNA had quoted a government official as saying that the virus had been detected in some of the U. S. soldiers passing through Kuwait.

UAE Nuclear Bill supported by U.S.

With the aim to allow the U. S. to share nuclear technology with the United Arab Emirates, official backing was given to an agreement by President Barack Obama recently. The move is seen as part of his broader push to encourage and efficiently deal with nuclear power worldwide.

If adhered to the media reports, the agreement could mean billions of dollars for American power companies competing to build the U. A. E.'s first fleet of nuclear reactors.

Plans to visit UAE dropped by Rice

On Tuesday US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice informed that she would remain in Washington to help tackle the global finance crisis instead of visiting the UAE this week.

Rice further informed that John Negroponte, her deputy will attend instead of her at the Fifth Annual Forum for the Future in Abu Dhabi, UAE from October 17-19. She further added that she was disappointed for not attending the event.

UAE to buy Missile Defense System from United States

On Monday, the Washington Post announced that the Pentagon has planned to sell the THAAD missile defense system to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), worth up to 7 billion U.S. Dollar.

It further informed that the Pentagon is expected to inform the Congress for approval of sale very soon.

U.S defense analysis further said that the new system is thought to be used by UAE to protect itself from missile attacks from Iran. In the near future, this system can also be integrated into the U.S. air defense network in the Middle East.