Two useful articles on the relationship.


Source: The National

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed meets Eritrean President in Abu Dhabi

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has full day of meetings at Qasr Al Bahr

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, meets Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea. Seen with Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. Mohamed Al Hammadi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed received the President of Eritrea, Isaiah Afwerki, on Monday at Qasr Al Bahr.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Mr Afwerki spoke of ways to increase ties between both countries to benefit their respective peoples.

They also discussed regional and international developments.

Also on Monday, Sheikh Mohammed met Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mauritania.

The two discussed bilateral relations and ways to develop co-operation between the two fraternal countries, the state news agency Wam reported.

They also reviewed the latest regional and international developments of mutual interest.

Sheikh Mohamed later met Mohamed Azmin Ali, the Malaysian Minister of Economic Affairs, who is in Abu Dhabi to attend the World Energy Congress.

Sheikh Mohamed and Mr Ali discussed ways to bolster trade and investment between both countries.

They spoke about topics being discussed at the congress that focus on shaping the future of the world’s energy industry and its role in global prosperity.

Finally, Sheikh Mohamed met Patrick Pouyanne, chairman of the board and chief executive of Total.

Accompanied by Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and chief executive of Adnoc Group, Mr Pouyanne and Sheikh Mohamed discussed co-operation opportunities between Total and Emirati specialised companies, institutions and sectors concerned with energy.

Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed also attended these meetings.


Source: Memo

September 9, 2019 at 4:24 pm

Amid allegations of UAE-backed foreign mercenaries arriving on the Yemeni island of Socotra, it was reported yesterday that the island’s main airport has temporarily suspended flights from UAE’s Emirates Airline for three days.

According to the Socotra Post, local intelligence suggests the UAE intends to deploy additional mercenaries from the Eritrean port city of Asseb in addition to militia stationed in the southern mainland.

It has been speculated that the UAE hopes to expand its trading routes by occupying the strategically located archipelago where a military base has already been established. The UAE has previously set up similar bases in the Horn of Africa, of which Eritrea is part.

Soqotri residents have held regular demonstrations against a perceived occupation by the Emiratis.

The Socotra Post reported other sources saying that the UAE previously smuggled arms onto the island by using sites used to store humanitarian aid and commercial goods belonging to the UAE branch of the Red Crescent and the Khalifah Foundation.

The Socotra islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Centre protected and recognised by the UN body for their unique flora and fauna.

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