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 a military base within the country’s territory.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Photo Reuters)
Officials from the 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 destabilising agenda against Ethiopia”.

Recently, Egyptian leaders have reportedly been engaged in diplomatic efforts for regional countries including Somalia, Somaliland and Djibouti to grant them a 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 a military presence in Eritrea was clear.

"Egyptian leaders’ motive to have a military base in the soil of rival Eritrea is to sabotage the 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.


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They will be the main points to strike Ethiopia’s dams


I saw some photos of the al kebabs donating food to Somalis. What effort is the Arab league putting in now that some deluded Somalis think theyre arabs?

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Misplaced priorities…i thought Egypt is struggling with her economy

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Fighting for river nile will actually save their economy because the nile basically ensures Egypt has food. Bila nile, hakuna chakula.

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Now i get it

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Now you get why Uganda broke their Treasury to buy the Sukhois. Ethiopia builds the dam, and Egypt attacks, Kenya gets sucked in by way of a mutual defence pact. In this case, Kenya should just use L. Victoria waters


Kwa hivo nikikojoa kwa Lake Victoria, kuna Egyptian atakunywa hiyo mkojo

I concur.

Mkojoo yako itanywewa tu hapa Kisum siteh kabla iende mbali.

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Hii maji ya the Nile inayozozaniwa, if Kenya could be able to charge a ‘fee’ to Egypt & Sudan to protect & restore the water tower that eventually feed the Nile ingekuwa better. Or we blackmail them by draining L.Victoria despite it being infeasible financially.


My solution would be to dam the rivers that empty into the lake. The way Ethiopia has done to L. Turkana.
I believe the Egyptians would come begging to renegotiate that discriminative colonial pact


Ferk Egypt, the nile pact was made between Britain and France, not Egypt and anyone, so, Ferk them, they can build a base in Eritrea, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and all around Ethiopia. Once done, they can talk to the Italians about their escapade in the oldest christian nation as the last foreign nation to try what Egypt wants to try (Somalis might want to dispute this with their Ogaden story, ferk them too)


The only way to drain L. Victoria is by irrigation, which thanks to saitan britain, saitan italy and grand saitan belgium, Ke, Ug, Tz, Bu, Rw and DRC cannot use those waters without Egypt’s consent. The italians gave the Ethiopians two differing contracts hence Et can claim what they signed in Amharic is not what is in English.

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Ethiopia has a way out in the form the italians tried to dupe them with an amharic contract agreeing to what the Ethiopians want, and an English version that goes the opposite of the first. The Ethiopians use theirs and say hawatambui hiyo ingine. The other upstream countries (EAC) we were fucked by saitan britain and grand saita belgium, whereby we have to ask for permission from Egypt.

Starting from 2010 however, EAC said we’d start using our waters and if Egypt and saitan sudan aren’t game, fuck them.


Hawa Egyptians sijui wanaonaga hao ni kina nani. Tunafaa tujijaze kile kitazaliwa tutanyonyesha. I suspect they wouldn’t want to start a war with Four Black African countries. They are strong but they would be risking more, especially politically. An Arab country attacking Black Africa. Things would never be the same after that


They have the military might, yes. Even the US is strong militarily but the resolve of the people they invaded was totally not what they expected. Nose bloodied by Fedayeen and Taliban severely.

Egypt wakidare maraud into black Africa itakuwa blood bath for them.


@Jazzman are you saying that if Kenya built a dam on river Nyando Egypt would protest?

Oh yes, vehemently so.


big opportunity for LAPSSET

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