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King Salman Hosts Red Sea, Gulf of Aden States for Council Charter Signing

King Salman hosts a meeting of Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan , Djibouti, and Somalia for signing the founding Charter of the new alliance.

Eritrea signed a Saudi-led founding “Charter for the Establishment of the Council of Arab and African Littoral States of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.”

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Saudi Arabia today hosted a meeting for the signing of the Charter of the Council of Arab and African Coastal States of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Continue reading King Salman Hosts Red Sea, Gulf of Aden States for Council Charter Signing

Eritrea’s Stance on the Security of the Red Sea

Eritrea reiterates, once again, its commitment on the safety and security of the Red Sea.

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The geostrategic importance of the Red Sea is too palpable to merit extended elaboration. Global and regional developments in the past decades and current trends further accentuate the full ramifications of its importance. Continue reading Eritrea’s Stance on the Security of the Red Sea

Ethiopia Sponsored Rebels Struggling as Eritrea Strengthens Ties with Gulf Arab States (Video)

Is this a desperate call for Qatar by Al Jazeera and Ethiopia to balance UAE and Saudi Arabia’s support to Eritrea?

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Over 10 miserably armed opposition groups that are backed by arch rival Ethiopia, are struggling to survive as Ethiopia mired in internal ethnic problems and the Eritrean government strengthen its military and economic power by forming new alliances with Egypt and some Gulf Arab states. Continue reading Ethiopia Sponsored Rebels Struggling as Eritrea Strengthens Ties with Gulf Arab States (Video)

To Hold Back Iran, Cooperate with Eritrea

The State Department’s attitude towards Eritrea has been singularly and unfailingly negative.

“The tide of opinion in policy circles on Eritrea is finally turning. Isolating Eritrea has been a disaster; sanctions are unjustified and should be lifted; and a serious strategic dialogue should begin with Eritrea.” – Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

BY DANA ROHRABACHER (R-CA) | THE NATIONAL INTEREST

President Trump understands the danger posed by Iran and the necessity of confronting that mullah-controlled Islamic country. He has cited the nefarious role played by the Houthis—a Shiite terrorist group operating in Yemen that is a major proxy of Tehran. The Houthis constitute a major threat to the Arabian Peninsula and the entire Red Sea region. Continue reading To Hold Back Iran, Cooperate with Eritrea

The Wall that Ethiopia Had Carefully Erected Against Eritrea Has Crumbled

Eritrea is coming in from the cold. Could that spark a shooting war with Ethiopia?

Humiliating. Wider winds in the region are blowing in Eritrea’s favor that effectively crumbling Ethiopia’s 17 years old strategy of containment.

BY TOM GARDNER | FOREIGN POLICY

Two recent and seemingly incongruous events may one day be seen as symbolic turning points for Eritrea, a one-party state often referred to as Africa’s hermit kingdom. The first was a bloody clash on Eritrea’s border with Ethiopia in June 2016, which left hundreds of people dead and brought back memories of the devastating 1998-2000 war between the two archenemies. Continue reading The Wall that Ethiopia Had Carefully Erected Against Eritrea Has Crumbled

Expanding Naval Presence in the Red Sea

Moves by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to expand their military reach across the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden have long-term objectives. The most prominent is blocking Iranian ad­vances in the region. (Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News)

By Francis Mattew | Gulf News,

The UAE is establishing two naval bases in the Red Sea in Somaliland’s Berbera and Eritrea’s Assab at the same time that Saudi Arabia is boosting its naval presence in the south Red Sea with a naval base in Djibouti.

A few years ago, such a forceful presence would have been to combat Somali pirates, but today the threat is from a burgeoning Iranian presence in north Yemen, where Iran is backing Al Houthi rebels against the Yemeni government backed by the Saudi-led coalition in which the UAE plays a vigorous part.

On February 12, the parliament of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland agreed to allow the UAE to set up a military base in Berbera. The scale of what is planned is unclear, but the UAE is already constructing an air and naval base in Eritrea at the Red Sea port of Assab under a 2015 agreement, from which it has already mounted operations in the Yemen, 60km to the east across the Red Sea. Continue reading Expanding Naval Presence in the Red Sea