MPs in the self-declared republic of Somaliland have agreed to allow the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to set up a military base in the port of Berbera.
Observers say the deal has proved controversial among Somaliland’s neighbours in the Horn of Africa.
The UAE already has a military facility at Eritrea’s Assab port for use in a campaign against Yemeni rebels.
It is part of a coalition that has fought Houthi rebels and imposed a naval blockade on Yemen since 2015.
More than 10,000 people have been killed and 40,000 wounded since then, according to the UN.