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UAE ‘boosting military imports’

The United Arab Emirates has become the world’s third-largest importer of weapons after China and India, rising from 16th place in just four years, a Swedish think tank, the Stockholm International Peace Research Insititute (Sipri), says.

The UAE bought 80 F-16E combat aircraft from the United States and 50 Mirage 2000-9 fighters from France over the last four years. Sipri found that Israel was the second largest receiver of arms in the Middle East, with 22 per cent of the region’s imports, followed by Egypt with 14 per cent. Iran accounted for only five per cent of transfers to the Middle East for 2004 to 2008.

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