Eritrea, Egypt presidents meet amid Red Sea tensions

Eritrea, Egypt presidents meet amid Red Sea tensions
From Al Jazeera - January 10, 2018

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo as political tension in the Horn of Africa and Red Sea regions continues to escalate.

The two leaders met on Tuesday to discuss "regional and international topics of mutual importance".

A political dispute emerged recently after Sudan signed a deal with Turkey to rebuild an island on the Red Sea coast and a naval dock.

Ankara and Khartoum said the island deal will increase tourism and create a transit point for pilgrims crossing the Red Sea to Islam's holiest city of Mecca.

Egyptian and Saudi media slammed the agreement, and alleged that Turkey would build a military base on Suakin island harming the security of Arab countries - a claim denied by Sudan and Turkey.

Ties between Turkey and Egypt, an ally of Saudi Arabia, have been frosty for some time.

Ankara strongly condemned Egypt's military coup in 2013, which overthrew democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Cairo responded to the island deal by sending troops to Eritrea, which has borders with both Sudan and Ethiopia. Khartoum then shut its border with Eritrea.Sudan also recalled its ambassador to Cairo.

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