A GlobalEye aircraft, manufactured by Saab Technologies, on static design during the Dubai Airshow.
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The United Arab Emirates has lobbied several European countries to ease restrictions on weapons exports following a series of strikes in the Gulf this year, according to three diplomats and two other people with knowledge of the discussions. Emirati officials have in the discussions with European counterparts stressed the Gulf state's need to defend itself while highlighting the UAE's drawdown of troops in Yemen, the five people with knowledge of the discussions said. The restrictions had been imposed because of concerns that weapons could be used in the conflict in Yemen between an Arab military coalition, that includes the UAE, and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.Berlin in October told officials involved in the process that it had granted an export license for German-made generators used to power U.S. Patriot batteries protecting UAE cities and airports, two of the people said.The UAE began withdrawing troops in June and a small number remain in strategic locations. The UAE has also tightened security at home. The tighter criteria meant licenses to sell weapons to the UAE would be more closely scrutinized by the Inspectorate of Strategic Products, the government agency responsible for arms exports.Norway did not comment on discussions with the UAE.
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