Meeting with the Deputy Director of the Eritrean Center for Strategic Studies
On the 27th of November 2017, the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA) was visited by Yamani Biani, Deputy Director of Eritrean Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS) and Head of African & Middle Eastern Studies Unit at ECSS, accompanied by Mr. Habeeb Muhammad Othman, Media and Cultural Attaché at the Eritrean Embassy in Cairo. The visitor was received by H.E. Dr. Mounier Zahran, ECFA Chairman, and H.E. Ambassador Dr. Ezzat Saad, ECFA Executive Director. The meeting agenda was as follows:
– The Eritrean guest noted that he visits Cairo from time to time for consultations with similar think tanks in Egypt on issues related to bilateral and regional relations, especially the Africa ones, as well as the situation in the Horn of Africa, adding that he wishes to establish a partnership with ECFA.
– For his part, ECFA Chairman, H.E. Ambassador Zahran, pointed out that in the middle of the first decade of the third millennium, the relations between former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Eritrean leadership had been good. The UN issued several resolutions in 2004 and 2005 regarding demarcation of the Eritrean/Ethiopian borders and for peace-keeping on the borders between the two countries.
– The honorable guest noted that the crisis between the Arab Quartet and State of Qatar, has led the latter’s falling further into Turks’ and Iranians’ arms. H.E. Ambassador Ezzat Saad commented saying that Doha has always had close and coordinated relations with Ankara, and such close relations were never a reaction to boycotting Qatar since last July 5th, and the same equally applies to its relations with Tehran.