Eritrea, France begin naval cooperation programme
ASMARA (AFP) Nov 09, 2004
The French and
Eritrean Navies have began a cooperation programme, a top French Navy commander said Tuesday.
"We are at the
very beginning of our cooperation... Before, we weren't very present in the Red
Sea," the commander of the French navy in the Red Sea and the Indian
Ocean, Vice Admiral Xavier Rolin told a news conference in the Eritrean
field of cooperation will concern the security of military divers, because the
Eritrean team lacks training," he said.
three French minesweepers will come to Eritrea," he added.
The command and
supply vessel captained by Rolin, La Marne, was Tuesday docked in the Eritrean
port of Massawa.
The French navy is
part of the US-led anti-terrorist operation, "Enduring Freedom",
which was launched after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
suspect ships. Sometimes we find drugs and armaments, but not very often. We
have never discovered a clear link with terrorism. Terrorists use the sea very
little. These checks have a good deterrent effect," he said.