Eritrea rejects US terror charge

Eritrea has responded angrily to a threat by Jendayi Frazer, the US assistant secretary, to place it on a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Eritrea rejects US terror charge
Eritrea has responded angrily to a threat by Jendayi Frazer, the US assistant secretary, to place it on a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

On Friday, Frazer said the US was considering putting the Red Sea state on the terrorist list for allegedly funnelling weapons and aid to Somalis fighting the US and Ethiopian-backed interim government.

"We have tried our best to act with restraint with Eritrea," Frazer said. "We cannot tolerate ... their support for terror activity, particularly in Somalia."

Asmara said the accusation was baseless.

Ali Abdu, Eritrea's information minister said: "We are very, very grateful to Miss Jendayi Frazer [for] exposing her ill-will towards the Eritrean people."


In July, a UN monitoring group accused Eritrea of sending large quantities of weapons to fighters in Somalia - a charge Asmara denies.

Violence has flared up in Somalia this month, with regular gun battles between allied Somali-Ethiopian troops and fighters ousted from Mogadishu in December with US backing.

Agencies

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