King Salman Hosts Red Sea, Gulf of Aden States for Council Charter Signing

King Salman hosts a meeting of Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan , Djibouti, and Somalia for signing the founding Charter of the new alliance.

Eritrea signed a Saudi-led "Charter for the Establishment of the Council of Arab and African Littoral States of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden."
Eritrea signed a Saudi-led founding “Charter for the Establishment of the Council of Arab and African Littoral States of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.”

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Saudi Arabia today hosted a meeting for the signing of the Charter of the Council of Arab and African Coastal States of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

This included the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Jordan, Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan , Djibouti , and Somalia.

Eritrea’s delegation convened at this Ministerial meeting was composed of Foreign Minister Osman Saleh, Presidential Adviser Yemane Ghebreab; and PFDJ Head of Economic Affairs Hagos Gebre Hiwet.

The kingdom had announced in December 2018 the formation of a group of countries overlooking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.



The signing of the Charter was meant to tackle issues on the responsibility of Red Sea states to prevent the intervention of any foreign country in the affairs of this sensitive area. It also aims to achieve joint interests at the Red Sea basin.

Foreign Minister Osman Saleh reiterated Eritrea’s position that these littoral States should shoulder primary responsibility for the security and development of the Red Sea. He further stressed that the objective must be to build an effective regional organisation with requisite competence and capability.

King Salman commended signing the Charter of the Council of Arab and African Coastal States of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.



Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Jordan, Yemen and Eritrea are now officially members of the new alliance.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah said in tweets that the charter will be endorsed by the leaders of the council members in a summit to be held in Saudi Arabia.

The audience was attended by Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Minister of State, Cabinet’s Member and National Security Advisor Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban; Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member Dr. Issam bin Saad bin Saeed; and Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Qattan.

King Salman receives Foreign Minister Osman Saleh of Eritrea
King Salman receives Foreign Minister Osman Saleh of Eritrea during the founding and signing ceremony of the Charter of the Council of Arab and African Coastal States of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

* Xinhua and Ajel have contributed to this story.