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U.A.E. Military Trains With Erik Prince’s R2, Al-Hamiri Says

May 16 (Bloomberg) -- The United Arab Emirates military trains with third-party security forces, including Reflex Responses, or R2, founded by former Navy SEAL commando Erik Prince, a government official said today.

“The U.A.E. armed forces currently engage with a number of third parties, such as Spectre, which delivers academy training capabilities; Horizon, a pilot training partner and R2 which provides operational, planning and training support,” General Juma Khalaf al-Hamiri, head of administration and human resources for the Armed Forces said in an e-mailed response to questions today. “All engagements of commercial entities by the U.A.E. Armed Forces are compliant with international Law and relevant conventions.”

The New York Times reported yesterday that the U.A.E. government paid $529 million to R2 to form a battalion.

To contact the reporter on this story: Vivian Salama in Abu Dhabi at vsalama@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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