Eritrea Israel Military Agreement

Sep 19, 2021 von

Relations between Ethiopia and Israel are external relations between Ethiopia and Israel. The two countries resumed diplomatic relations in 1992. Ethiopia has an embassy in Tel Aviv; the ambassador is also accredited to the Holy See, greece and Cyprus. Israel has an embassy in Addis Ababa; the ambassador is also accredited to Rwanda and Burundi. Israel has been one of the most reliable providers of military aid in Ethiopia and supported various Ethiopian governments during the Eritrean War of Independence. The Eritrean Foreign Ministry refuted the news denying the existence of an Israeli base on its islands. However, an in-depth study conducted by the Center for Political and Strategic Studies and published by Al-Ahram in June 2006 entitled „The regime of Isaias Afewerki and the development of relations with Israel“ confirmed that the problem was far more serious than Israeli military bases on Eritrean soil. It revealed a strategic relationship between the two governments, which began with Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki visiting Israel in 1993 to receive medical treatment. It has also been reported that Eritrea receives financial aid from Iran and military aid from Israel. The Israeli strategy is based on the development of the Israeli Navy to ensure military superiority in the region by focusing on the acquisition of advanced nuclear submarines. Israel is also calling for the internationalization of Red Sea security in order to deny Arab countries exclusive rights to Red Sea security, which would make the Israeli port of Umm Al-Rashrash in Eilat vulnerable. In 1969, the Israeli government proposed the creation of an anti-pandemic alliance composed of the United States, Israel, Ethiopia, Iran and Turkey.

Ethiopia rejected the proposal. In 1971, Israeli Chief of Staff Bar Lev visited Ethiopia to present proposals to deepen Israeli-Ethiopian cooperation. Ethiopians rejected Israeli proposals, but Ethiopia has nonetheless been accused internationally of making concessions to Israel for the construction of Israeli military bases on Ethiopia`s Red Sea islands. Ethiopia has firmly rejected all these accusations. [7] Around the Red Sea, there are six foreign military bases, the oldest of which is France and a more recent China. As a way, the Red Sea experiences the greatest presence and flow of multinational civilian and military vessels. Accusations of possible Israeli military bases on islands off The Coast of Eritrea resurfaced shortly after at a summit of Islamic foreign ministers in Benghazi, Libya. The Benghazi meeting condemned Ethiopian-Israeli cooperation and pledged to support the ELF. [7] [9] In return for this aid, Ethiopia allowed the emigration of beta from Israel.

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