The United Arab Emirates is reportedly close to opening a military base in northern Niger close to the border with Libya, where Emirati-backed forces are fighting to take over the capital Tripoli.
New website Africa Intelligence reported this week that the oil-rich Gulf state is on the verge of opening the base in the Saharan country to further provide support for rogue Libyan general Khalifa Haftar.
Niger is already home to US, French and German military bases.
Haftar in April ordered his self-styled Libyan National Army on an offensive to take the Libyan capital from the UN-recognised Government of National Accord.
UAE has reportedly provided military support for Haftar in his current military offensive to take control of Tripoli in violation of a UN arms embargo on Libya.
The New York Times reported earlier this month that forces loyal to Libya’s unity government had discovered French missiles at a base used by Haftar.
The newspaper claimed that markings on the missiles indicated they had been sold to the UAE in 2008.
The UAE has also attempted to build a military and naval base in Somaliland.