Military Capabilities

Somaliland parliament approves UAE military base

14 February 2017

The United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) request to establish a military base in the northern Somali city of Berbera was approved by an overwhelming majority in the parliament of the Somaliland separatist region on 12 February, local media reported.

Few details about the UAE's request have been released other than that it wants a naval presence in Berbera's port and an air force presence at its airport, which was originally built by the Soviet Union in the 1970s.

The UAE already has a similar arrangement with Eritrea that allows its military to use the port and airport at Assab, 375 km to the northwest of Berbera, which it is using to support its military intervention in Yemen.

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