18 May '17, 9pm

EU

A senior European diplomat has warned the growing military presence of the United Arab Emirates in the Horn of Africa could prompt conflict in the region and add to massive migration towards Europe as well as create extremism and a threat to European trade routes. The European Union diplomat, who declined to be named, spoke out as the Gulf state increases its military profile in the unstable Horn of Africa through alliances and the use of key ports. “There is a scramble for bases and proxies,” said the official, who is engaged in EU African policymaking. “We are engaging increasingly with the Gulf to warn them about over-competing for influence in a fragile region. The law of physics means blowback.” The UAE has steadily built up its military presence in Eritrea thanks to its use of a military airport and naval port at Assab, which has proved an essential launchpad for ope...

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