UAE spends billions on failed regional military plans

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Read: 835     12:59     22 May 2020    

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has spent tens of billions of dollars each year on failed military interventions and arms imports instead of strengthening regional peace and stability.


Since 2014, the UAE has been pushing for a military coup against the UN-recognized government in Libya by supporting Khalifa Haftar, the leader of illegal militias in the eastern part of the country.

Abu Dhabi has also been involved in the conflict in Yemen since 2018.

The country distributes high quantities of weapons worth billions of dollars that it has stockpiled for years to achieve its ambitions in the region.

The UAE is also a major arms importer from different countries. It was the eighth country worldwide in weapons imports between 2015-2019, according to a report by international arms trade monitor, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The country spent nearly $23 billion in arms imports in 2014 alone, when it was not yet involved in the Libyan and Yemeni civil wars, according to a SIPRI report released in May 2019.

Today, the UAE's spending on arms imports and production is higher than in 2014, even with certain data not available, Pieter Wezeman, a senior researcher at SIPRI, told Anadolu Agency.

The UAE's weapon expenses have increased after 2014 as it has been supporting Haftar in Libya for about six years and has been involved in the Yemeni war since 2015.

"The UAE strives to gain political influence in the region through its allies in the field," Wezeman stressed.

UAE made several arms deal with various countries according to reports by SIPRI and Dutch peace advocates PAX.

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UAE spends billions on failed regional military plans

2020/05/1590136767.jpg
Read: 836     12:59     22 May 2020    

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has spent tens of billions of dollars each year on failed military interventions and arms imports instead of strengthening regional peace and stability.


Since 2014, the UAE has been pushing for a military coup against the UN-recognized government in Libya by supporting Khalifa Haftar, the leader of illegal militias in the eastern part of the country.

Abu Dhabi has also been involved in the conflict in Yemen since 2018.

The country distributes high quantities of weapons worth billions of dollars that it has stockpiled for years to achieve its ambitions in the region.

The UAE is also a major arms importer from different countries. It was the eighth country worldwide in weapons imports between 2015-2019, according to a report by international arms trade monitor, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The country spent nearly $23 billion in arms imports in 2014 alone, when it was not yet involved in the Libyan and Yemeni civil wars, according to a SIPRI report released in May 2019.

Today, the UAE's spending on arms imports and production is higher than in 2014, even with certain data not available, Pieter Wezeman, a senior researcher at SIPRI, told Anadolu Agency.

The UAE's weapon expenses have increased after 2014 as it has been supporting Haftar in Libya for about six years and has been involved in the Yemeni war since 2015.

"The UAE strives to gain political influence in the region through its allies in the field," Wezeman stressed.

UAE made several arms deal with various countries according to reports by SIPRI and Dutch peace advocates PAX.

Yeni Şafak



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