An American institution has revealed that the United Arab Emirates has spent millions of dollars to influence the former US government.
"The UAE paid $ 100 million to pressure groups in the United States during Donald Trump's presidency," the UAE Lex website reported on Saturday.
The move was aimed at influencing the decisions of the Donald Trump administration, according to the institute and official statistics.
On Tuesday, the American media reported the arrest of "Tom Barak", Donald Trump's advisor on Arab countries. Barak has been accused of spying and lobbying for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and is said to have leaked confidential presidential information to the two Arab states.
U.S. prosecutors say Barak and two of his associates have been involved in illegal efforts to bolster the UAE's interests in the United States, at the request of UAE government officials, to influence Trump's foreign policy stance.
For the past four years, the UAE has severed ties with Qatar alongside Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, and European and Arab officials say the four countries intend to change sovereignty in Qatar. Earlier in the year, the American media reported on the rivalry between Qatar and the four countries, especially the UAE, to influence the Trump administration's decisions.
The most notable confrontation between the two rival lobbies was the removal of Rex Tillerson, the Trump administration's first secretary of state, who, according to Emirati officials, was pressured by Abu Dhabi to remove Trump from office. Tillerson was an opponent of the four countries' sanctions on Qatar and its attack on the country on charges of supporting terrorism.