UAE cancels construction of military base in Somaliland

by Akeem Alao
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The government of the United Arab Emirates has cancelled the construction of the military base in Berbera, Somaliland.

According to a report from UAE, “The Emirates has had a military base in Eritrea since 2015 but plans for another base in Somaliland were cancelled.”

Somaliland parliament had overwhelmingly approved the deal to allow the United Arab Emirates to establish an air and naval base in the port town of Berbera.

After parliament vote, the UAE had begun the construction of the base on a site at the airport of port city Berbera, and as the agreement allows the deal, the UAE will be allowed to maintain its presence for 30 years.

Berbera is less than 300 km (190 miles) south of war-torn Yemen, where UAE troops are fighting rebels as part of a Saudi-backed coalition.

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