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Vol 56 No 23

Published 20th November 2015


Issayas looks north

The President is helping the Saudi and Emirates' military campaign in Yemen in return for desperately needed money for the flagging economy

Long isolated in the Horn of Africa, Eritrean President Issayas Afewerki is expanding his alliances and horizons. He has forged a new strategic military relationship with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, say United Nations monitors and other sources. Asmara is allowing the Arab coalition to use Eritrean land, air space and territorial waters in its military campaign against the Iranian-backed Houthi forces in Yemen. Satellite imagery published in September shows at least one UAE warship docked in Eritrea's port of Assab.

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