Egypt to establish military base in Eritrea

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle April 17, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO), an Eritrean opposition group, claimed on Monday that the Red Sea nation had allegedly granted Egypt green light to build

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

April 17, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization (RSADO), an Eritrean opposition group, claimed on Monday that the Red Sea nation had allegedly granted Egypt green light to build a military base within the country’s territory.

Officials from opposition group, quoting “reliable” sources in Eritrea, claimed Asmara has allowed Cairo to acquire a military base in Nora locality at the Dahlak Island for an indefinite period of time.

The agreement, RSADO further said, comes in the wake of last week’s high-level visit of the 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, a terrorist 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.

Concerned by Saudi and UAE military presence in Eritrea, Ethiopia warned the two Arab nations against supporting what it said was “Asmara’s long-standing destabilizing agenda against Ethiopia”.

Recently, Egyptian leaders have reportedly been engaged in diplomatic efforts for regional countries including Somalia, Somaliland and Djibouti to grant them military and commercial base in their selected soil. However, none of Cairo’s efforts were reportedly successful, prompting the opposition group to disclose this matter.

Some Ethiopian politicians argue that Egypt’s growing interest to secure military incursion in the Horn of Africa intends to contain Ethiopia’s massive hydro-power project, which Cairo fears the multi-billion dollar dam project being built along Nile River would eventually diminish historic water shares of the North African nation.

Redda Mulgeta, a member of Ethiopia’s ruling Peoples 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 the soil of rival 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.

“Egypt is conspiring with Eritrea to subject Ethiopia engage in proxy war with its enemy Eritrea, local armed opposition groups and further with al-Shabaab”, he added.

Meanwhile, despite the various U.N reports, Eritrea has previously dismissed revelations that it has leased lands for foreign countries.

Relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea has remained odd after 1998-2000 border war, which killed an estimated over 70,000 people.

Source: Sudan Tribune

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11 COMMENTS
  • almazina April 19, 2017

    He does not trust any eritrean including his ignorant selfserving greedy generals. Thus, it does not surprise me this criminal looser selling eritrea to terrorist suni arabs. He has been desecrating our heros since day one. This is an insult to all those who fought for eritrea.

  • k.tewolde April 19, 2017

    Can you see history repeating itself? this is not the first time Egyptians walking in out soil,only this time with the carte blanche of the sole geopolitical adventure of the tyrant.He is setting up the nation as a staging point for the big boys with conflicting interests and the Eritrean people have no say on the perilous direction their nation is heading.Is there an independent international legal body that can stop this putting a sovereign nation on e-bay which so many bled for and sell it piece by piece to the highest bidder? Is there an Eritrean international legal expert out there who can successfully file a criminal law suit against this adi halo cartel?

    • k.tewolde April 19, 2017

      Last but not least,would the brutal human trafficking clique gave up their claim on Badme if they were offered a lip smacking couple of billion Benjamin Franklins? just wondering.

      • Sol April 19, 2017

        No wonder, this maniac dictator will do anything to satisfy his ego and compromising with sovereignty is not a new trend to him, he had done it in 1981 when he gave Bademe to his x-allies TPLF in order to fulfill his prediction of eliminating ELF

  • Sol April 19, 2017

    Since the maniac dictator is taking the border issue with TPLF personal, yes, he can do it to satisfy his ego. Egyptians will never go to war with Ethiopia, they will do their best for proxy war via PFDJ and by backing Ethiopian opposition groups. I hope this news is not true because if it happens the only one to suffer is our poor people back home.

    May the great creator save Eritrea and its people

  • Sahi April 19, 2017

    Saudi, Emirates, Iran, Qatar and now Egypt. Isayas is selling Eritrea to Arabs.

  • k.tewolde April 19, 2017

    Whether they will uphold the Dutch constitution, the laws and regulations pertain to rights of assembly and the government’s responsibility to make sure that the rights of assembly are not violated and protected; not ban or shut down assemblies to protect the rights of assemblie………….Meskerem.com. Hmmm…it doesn’t feel good,does it? and he is asking compensation,I wonder in what form cash or check?

  • Teclay April 19, 2017

    ምስሪ ፣ምስሪ ፣ምስሪ!
    ይዘከር ዶ ኲናት ጉራዕ ጉንደት ??? ኣሉላ ኣባ ነጋ እንተ ሰሚዑ, ዓዱ መጻወቲ ረሳሕ ዓረብ ከም ዝኾነ –ክትንስእዩ ዝጸቐጦ ደናጉላ-ሓመድ ፈንቂሉ –ጉራድይኡ ጥራይ ኣዳልወሉ -ይፈልጦዩ መድሓኒ ናይ ጋዕጋዕ ዓረብ።

  • Masawa April 21, 2017

    If this is true, the so called leaders in Eritrea are playing with fire and in bed with the most despicable and opportunists of the evil world. The idiots in Hgdef had forgotten Gundet, Dogeli and GuraE. This is an indirect welcome for the Ethiopians using this legitimate pretext to take over Eritrea.
    Only an idiot will be surprised if the Ethiopians drive their tanks across the Mereb next month or after. Imagine if the Ethiopians had built a military base in North Sudan, near Aswan dam, or the Ethiopians building a military base in north Yemen in Hoothi territory, facing Saudi Arabia.
    The question: How long will the Ethiopians sleep as the Arab Muslims build bases around them in Assab, Somaliland, South Sudan and now Egypt in Massawa and Asab?

  • adhanom April 21, 2017

    It is symbiotic relationship. Iseyas gets money to deposit in china for his family and egypt tries to spread islam in eritrea in a bid to make it a moslem country. Long term goal is to control ethiopia and nile for its survival. Iseyass goal is short term- to collect enough money for himself and his family in his future home-china.

  • Henock .hagos April 23, 2017

    Emo entay nigebr alena sik elna nierio alena ab europe usa konka zereba tsray

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