Due to deteriorating relations, Italy was kicked out of the Persian Gulf
ABU DHABI, BM, ($1=0.84 euro) – The Italian military unit at Al Minhad Air Base in the UAE has been ordered to leave the United Arab Emirates by July 2 this year, after Abu Dhabi decided to expel them. The reason for the deteriorating relations between the two countries is the arms embargo that Italy imposed on the UAE earlier this year.
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In recent months, communication between the two countries has gradually deteriorated. It got to the point that Abu Dhabi banned Italian military planes from flying in the airspace of the emirates. “When relationships break down in the Gulf, it’s very hard to resurrect them,” said Matteo Perego Di Cremnago, a member of the Italian parliament and a member of the parliamentary defense committee.
Italy, along with the United States, is also withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan. Therefore, the UAE’s decision to expel Italian troops from Al Minhad Air Base is essential for the European country, as the base is key to a smooth withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The UAE’s actions against Italy may have greater consequences on the old continent than on the Persian Gulf. Italy’s arms embargo on the UAE could have an impact by worsening relations between Italy and Germany, as the German company Rheinmetall Defense has a representative office in Italy. According to the Germans, the Italian actions could lead to a very difficult financial situation for the company, as it produces ammunition for the emirates and the Persian Gulf region.
Criticism is already being heard even in Italy, with opposition to Prime Minister Mario Draghi demanding responsibility. One of these critics is Perego Di Cremnago, but according to him, the deterioration of relations between the two countries is now just a drop in the bucket. Italy has a bad history in the UAE, and it began 15 years ago when the Italian company Finmeccanica failed to honor an agreement to sell drones in the UAE. Since then, things have been piling up, and with the Italian embargo, the glass has overflowed.
At the end of January this year, Rome imposed an arms embargo on the UAE. The reason – the ongoing conflict with Yemen. The news was then greeted with enthusiasm in Italy, with many government supporters exclaiming that it was a “historic” moment.
The arms embargo has affected the sale of more than 12,700 missiles to the UAE, which are part of an order for 20,000 missiles worth nearly $ 400 million. Then the reaction of the United Arab Emirates remained strange, as it was lacking. But with Abu Dhabi’s decision to expel Italian troops from its lands, even with a delay, the UAE retaliated against the Italian rulers.
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