Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan speaks during a joint press conference with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier (unseen) on May 31, 2014 in Abu Dhabi. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB
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The president of the United Arab Emirates Saturday issued a law implementing compulsory military service for Emirati men, a move highlighting the Gulf state's concern over turmoil in the region.The UAE, a federation of seven emirates with a mostly expatriate population, faces no immediate threats from neighbours and has been spared militant attacks that have targeted other countries like Saudi Arabia.The UAE, a big buyer of Western military hardware, has a territorial dispute with its much bigger neighbour, Iran, over three Gulf islands controlled by the Islamic republic.The UAE had first said in January that it would introduce the law.
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