Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies
Author(s): Mahmoud Gamal
A report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on 15 March 2021 revealed that the Middle Eastern global arms imports grew by 25% during the period (2016-2020). According to the report, five Arab countries, namely, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Qatar, and the UAE came on top of a list of key arms importers.
During this period, arms imports by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – the world’s largest arms importer- grew by 61%, Qatar by 361%, Egypt by 136%, and Algeria by 64%; while arms imports by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) fell by 37%, Morocco by 60%, and Turkey by 59%, compared to the period from 2011 to 2015.
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