Eritrea to open diplomatic mission in Israel
Jun. 21, 2004
Eritrea is to open a diplomatic mission in Israel, according to
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom.
Shalom, quoted on Israel Radio, told the Knesset foreign affairs
and defense committee that he had received an official message from the
Eritrean government announcing their intent to open the embassy.
Israel opened an embassy in Eritrea in 1993, two years after the
African state achieved independence.
With a population of 50 percent Muslims, Eritrea is an observer in
the Arab League and is located strategically, bordering Ethiopia and Sudan with
the red Sea to its North.
This marks the first embassy to be opened in Israel in more than