Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Egypt to establish military base in Eritrea

(Apr 25, (APA))--Officials from opposition group quoting "reliable" sources in Eritrea claimed Asmara has allowed Cairo to acquire a military base in Nora locality at dahlak Island for an indefinite period of time.

The agreement comes in the wake of last week's high-level visit of an Egyptian delegation to Eritrea. An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Egyptian naval forces will be deployed at the planned base, officials from the group hinted.

As it had long been anticipated and if true, Egypt will be Africa's first and third Arab country to build a military facility in the reclusive East African nation , currently under United Nations sanctions for arming and financing Al-Shabab, an Islamist group allied with al-Qaeda.

According to previous U.N reports, Eritrea has already leased its port town of ASSab to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to establish military bases to ease their coalition battle against Houthi rebels in Yemen.  Redda Mulgeta, a member of Ethiopian's ruling People Republican Democratic Front (EPRDF), says Cairo's motive to have military presence in Eritrea was clear.

"Egyptian leaders' motive to have a military base in Eritrea is to sabotage construction of Ethiopia's mega dam project by supporting Eritrea sponsored anti-Ethiopian elements and al-Qaeda allied Somali militant group," Mulgeta told Sudan Tribune.  Read the complete story at APA News »

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is serious headache for the horn of Africa. God bless Ethiopia !

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