During the past few years, the UAE has established military bases on Socotra and Perim Island in Yemen, the Somaliland and Puntland regions in Somalia and the port city of Assab, Eritrea.
For this reason, the UAE administration decided to build military bases on Perim Island in the Bab al-Mandab Strait and on Socotra Island, which is located at the eastern entrance of the Gulf of Aden.
For this reason, Perim Island had been subject to political disagreement throughout history.
Because of its involvement in Yemeni politics, the UAE wanted to establish a military base on Perim Island. The Emirati leadership initiated the establishment of this military base at the beginning of 2017.
The UAE's main objective in establishing a military base on Perim Island is to ensure the safety of the Bab al-Mandab Strait, which is a vital passage for commercial activities through the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
The UAE's construction of a military base on Perim Island is of great importance in terms of the strategic capacity superiority that these actors are trying to establish in the region.
In a statement made by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Perim Island military base was built in the context of an agreement signed between the UAE, Egypt and the United States, indicating that the base was a source of concern and it would adversely affect international trade.
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