By Nizar Manek, 12 November 2017
- Gulf nation reportedly setting up base in Horn of Africa
- Assistance would violate eight-year UN arms embargo on Eritrea
Eritrea’s military received help from the U.A.E. and possibly Russian, Czech and Italian companies in the past year, assistance that would violate a United Nations arms embargo on the Horn of Africa country, UN investigators said.
Thirteen Eritrean air force and navy cadets received training at U.A.E. military colleges and seven at Emirati engineering institutions between 2012 and 2015, the investigators said in a report to the UN Security Council, citing testimony from five cadets who defected afterward. The U.A.E. has been building a military base in Eritrea, the port facilities of which by Sept.14 appeared to be “almost complete with multiple vessels docked,” the investigators said, citing satellite imagery.