Washington D. C. – Puerto Rican Major General Miguel Correa, now an advisor to the National Security Council of the White House, was a key piece in the signing of the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the newspaper revealed today The Wall Street Journal.
Correa was a military attache at the US embassy in Abu Dhabi when he coordinated a US emergency military operation in Yemen in 2017 to rescue soldiers from that country, a Middle Eastern monarchy.
One of the rescued soldiers – after crashing, by accident or because of the fire of Al Qaeda militants – turned out to be a member of the UAE royalty, nephew and godson of the crown prince and ruler of that country, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan , known as MBZ.
“That general is part of my family”, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan told President Donald Trump before signing the peace agreement with Israel – which Bahrain joined – in a ceremony that took place at the White House last year. September 15.
The UAE foreign minister is the younger brother of the crown prince and the uncle of the wounded royal soldier, 27-year-old Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan.
The rescue mission – which took place in a secret way – was carried out on August 11, 2017, after a UAE helicopter crashed in Yemen.
Three soldiers were killed and seven wounded, including the crown prince’s nephew.
The seven wounded UAE soldiers were first taken to the US ship USS Bataan, where the medical team used 54 out of 66 units of blood, making it the largest “mobile blood bank” the US Navy has used since WWII. World War, according to Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for the United States Central Command.
One of the seven injured soldiers rescued also died while being transported by helicopter to the ship.
At the request of UAE leaders, the six survivors – including the crown prince’s nephew – were later treated at the US Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, which specializes in treating soldiers wounded in combat.
The rescue operation made General Correa something of a hero among the rulers of the UAE, the Arabian peninsula that has 6% of the world’s oil reserves.
Already in the White House, Major General Correa played a notable role, behind the public stage, in sealing the peace agreement between Israel and the UAE, because of the trust that the royal family has in him. “This would not have happened without him,” Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan said.
Yousef al Otaiba, UAE ambassador in Washington and who played a key role in the peace process, said that the success of the negotiations was anchored in the trust his government has in General Correa and the White House team, mediators. between your country and Israel.
At the end of last July, it was General Correa who traveled to Abu Dhabi in a personal meeting to assure Prince Mohammed that the United States will guarantee that the agreements are fulfilled, US officials said.
Before that meeting, the prince invited his godson, in a wheelchair, to meet General Correa. Correa was also the one who gave the name of “Abraham’s Accords” to the peace treaty, with the aim of emphasizing that Islam, Christianity and Judaism are religious branches of the prophet Abraham.
The general was assigned in March to the White House National Security Council, as director for Middle East affairs, after leaving Abu Dhabi and undergoing an investigation by the Pentagon Inspector General on allegations that he did not keep his civilian bosses informed. on his relationships with UAE leaders.