Secretary of State specifically mentions Saudi Arabia, uae, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt as allies.
What some at the State Department might regard as an oversight was interpreted as a major slight by the uae.
The forces from Christian nations were hired to protect Muslim leaders in the uae, Wired reported in 2011.
Note: Once the domain of pirates, the area was subdued by the British in 1820. It was a British protectorate from 1892 until the late 1960s.
Note: Oil reserves have been exploited since the early 1960s.