UAE / by Alistair Galloway

Tensions have dramatically escalated between Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, with the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs warning of a major crisis facing the Gulf Cooperation Council. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with US President Donald Trump in Washington. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in the UAE on an official state visit. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington. Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi has accused Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of “behaving like an occupier of Yemen rather than its liberator.” The prime minister of Libya’s UN- backed government, met with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the head of the Libyan National Army, in Abu Dhabi. The US government announced that it has approved a $2 billion arms sale to the UAE in an effort to bolster security in the region. UAE-backed forces have taken control of Aden Airport, Yemen. The UAE has announced that Emirati military recruits are being trained on Socotra Island, Yemen. Eight Arab princesses are being tried in absentia in Brussels for trafficking and abusing servants during their stay in the country. According to the IMF, the UAE is adjusting well to the low oil price environment, with non-oil economic growth rebounding in the Emirates during 2017. The UAE has contributed approximately $137 dollars tp the Yemeni health sector between 2015 and 2017.