The UAE is all set to spend over $20 million during the course of 2016 and 2017 on the Middle East Institute, one of Washington’s premier think tank, according to The Intercept.
The spending is seen as an effort to influence the US government policymakers and “convene regional leaders for discreet dialogue”.
According to the reports, UAE operates a network of torture chain in Yemen where detainees are grilled alive. MEI which was established in 1946 has always been influential in Washington foreign policy, it sets the stage for many influential figures in the US, by allowing them to regularly appear on cable news, author papers and host private briefings.
The document was included in a trove of diplomatic correspondence pilfered from the email account of UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef al Otaiba, either by hackers or somebody with access to the inbox, and subsequently provided to The Intercept.
Otaiba is one of the influential diplomats in Washington and his closeness with US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is no longer a secret.
UAE has been trying to alter US policy in a more militant direction towards its foes, Iran, Qatar, the Houthis in Yemen, and a coalition government in Libya that has got backing from Qatar.