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UAE Steps Back From Wars as Biden Reasserts Mideast Role

  • Gulf nation reduces role in Yemen, Libya to focus on economy
  • Muscular foreign policy since Arab Spring exposed UAE to risks
People raise a picture of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar as they take part in a demonstration in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Jan. 3, 2020.
People raise a picture of Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar as they take part in a demonstration in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Jan. 3, 2020.Abdullah Doma/AFP via Getty Images
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The United Arab Emirates is scaling back its role in foreign conflicts, accelerating a shift from policies it pursued after the 2011 Arab Spring, with the new administration in the U.S. a key factor.

The oil-rich nation has significantly reduced arms and logistical support for Libya’s eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar, said five people familiar with the matter, as a UN-led process to unify the North African country gathers momentum. It’s also dismantling parts of its military base in Eritrea’s port of Assab, vacating troops and hardware used to support the Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen, according to two of the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity.