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Eritrea–Yemen relations

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Eritrea–Yemen relations

Eritrea–Yemen relations



Eritrea–Yemen relations refers to the current and historical relationship between Eritrea and Yemen. The states fought briefly over the Hanish Islands in the Red Sea in 1995. In 2004, Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki was invited to and visited Yemen for a two-day working visit. He was accompanied by a number of government ministers and high-ranking military personnel, including foreign minister Ali Said Abdella.[1]

Hanish Islands conflict

The Hanish Islands conflict was a dispute between the two countries over the island of Greater Hanish in the Red Sea, one of the largest in the then disputed Zukur-Hanish archipelago. Fighting took place over three days from 15 December to 17 December 1995. It was an Eritrean military victory by the second day and they had the islands till 1998. In 1998, the Permanent Court of Arbitration determined that the archipelago belonged to Yemen.


  1. ^ President Isaias Afewerki Visits Yemen Embassy of the State of Eritrea in South Africa, 11 December 2004

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