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Iranian Defector Says Al Quds Leader Met With Isaias Afwerki

An Iranian translator who recently defected to the West says that Qassim Suleymani, the leader of Iran’s paramilitary force, Al Quds, met with Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki on May 20, 1998.

According to the translator, Ahmed Hashemi, the discussions between Qassim Suleymani and Isaias Afwerki–which was also attended by Iran’s Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki–centered on strengthening bilateral relations: for Iran to develop Eritrea’s military capabilities including building an ammunition factory, and for Eritrea to provide Iran a presence in Bal el Mendeb.

The report was published in Times of Israel.

Isaias Afwerki visited Iran in May 2008 to explore “joint investment in agriculture, industry and energy, and regional and international cooperation.”  Following their meeting, Iranian president Ahmedinejad told the press that “there is no limit to Iran-Eritrea ties.”  A year later, and following the two parties signing memorandum of understanding,  Eritrea took a vocal position in support of Iran’s desire for “peaceful” nuclear power.

As part of his “charm offensive”, Isaias Afwerki claimed that he has a soft heart for Iran because the late Ayatollah Khomeini used to include Eritrea in his Friday prayers when Eritreans were fighting for independence from Ethiopia.

Over the years, there have been persistent reports that Eritrea is providing Iran access to its territories to smuggle weapons to Palestinians as well as to the Houthi minority in Yemen, a report that the Eritrean regime has vigorously denied.  Ironically, there have also been rumors for an even longer period that Eritrea hosts Israeli submarines in its territories (Red Sea), a claim that has been equally vigorously denied by the regime.

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  • sam

    Please guys, oppose but do not fabricate material to support your claim. As far as I am concrned, it would be near darn impossible to trust anyone that comes from your camp to justly lead the Eritrean people. You sound megalomaniacs that will stop at nothing until your nemesis namely EPLF. Even if (and that’s a big if) EPLF ceases to be in power, I suspect you will have incredible difficulty being accepted by the Eritrean populace.

  • henok

    there is no denial for such truth mr isayas. he is by no means stupid. his political prostitution will prove his failure.

  • MacLogos

    Selam Adhanom, Brhane, Sam, sara, Mehretu, and everybody,

    Frist, I would like to thank both Adhanom and Sam for your affermative notes. Brhane, sara, and Mehretu, find my comments under the quotes from your notes:

    1__Brhane on February 4, 2013 at 6:36 am said:

    {{{First of all it is none of your business…. What comes in 1997 was just to stabilize the nation alot of externals start to do their job like what you are doing… this is internal and we have the capacity to solve without your help. stop. remember what your musters did in Somalia}}}

    Brhane, I am an Eritrean without DIA and Weyane socio-political contamination. The whole thing is simple for any Eritran citizen to understad: Only the rule of law can bind us as citizens of a nation in the making. It is time for people to start striving to end the rule of the jungle and for the rule of law to reign in Eritrea. That is not hard to understand for any Eritrean citizen worth his or her human salt.

    2__sara on February 7, 2013 at 8:49 am said:

    by his own admission he said has bipolar disorder, and most of the time he is in that mood what do you expect him to write here at awate.the only thing we have to do is pray for him or tell him to get a professional help.}}}

    sara, Brhane wrote his rejoinder in respose to my note while your talking to him about somebody who said he has a bipolar disorder. What connects your note to Brhanes note to whom you addressed it, sara? sara, people who support or serve a demoniciac like DIA like yourself and Brhane are the ones who realy need prayer for their deliverance from the evil that they serve.

    3__MEHRETU HABTE on February 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm said:

    {{{I smell toxicity … based on hatred of PFDJ & TPLF… I may have to retire for a while… I love our Awate web, but I would rather tolerate PFDJ toxicity .}}}

    Mehretu, since when has stating the simple truth about the past and current Etritrean-Ethiopian national stater of affairs become toxic? Calling liar, a thieve, and a murderer like DIA is not toxicity but the truth. Stating the simple truth about the Weyanes and their cousin DIA being two faces of the same evil coin is not toxicity but a simple truth that has been attested by the ugly realities on the old and new Eritrean-Ethiopian socio-political and politico-military ground. It is also tue that the Eritrean opposition that seeks to end DIA’s barbaric rule in Eritrea with the help of the Weyanes has failed. Allying with the lawless and backbiting Weyanes to defeat DIA and his bestial regime has mad this camp of the Eritrean opposition fail to connect with the Eritrean people it claims to struggle to liberate.

    In closing, people should try to understand that calling evil by its right name is not toxicity but the bitter truth. How can one toxify something that is already toxic beyond reasonable doubt? Thus, if I call the Wyanes and their cousin DIA what they are and were, I am stating the obvioous truth that can stand on its own head. If calling a spade a spade and a law breaker a criminal is toxic to the criminal’s friends, it ain’t my problem.

    Adios Amigos

  • sara

    good to know Eritrea is supporting our Palestinian brothers in their struggle for independent homeland .

  • Munir

    Hey dlyet,

    Stop your non-sense poem and pay attention to what’s going on, Oh shame to see people like you a PFDJ cadre at this time ..u better wake up…you are just deceiving your self and your society history will judge people like you at the end ..and finally you will walk head heeled down

    • dlyet

      I pay attention last time and today when you told me to do so and I said enough is enough never ever disturb the grave of our Martyrs and Orota hospital if this is nonsense to you then go ahead do what ever you want to do but remember always the truth will hurt you brother.
      Glory to our Martyrs

  • Neguse

    Diaspora HIGDEF hooligans love Isayas not Eritrea nor their families.They are very frustrated now days you can see their faces they are angry and mad they are harvesting their evil support to the cruel regime.

    • Sam

      HIGDEF and their supporters act like a typical street gang….completely lawless and conscienceless!! Truly shameful bunch!!

  • Adhanom

    It is no wonder that DIA blind followers always deny and hate to listen to the truth. Well done Mac. These deaf and blind people urgently need Ear and Eye specialists more than anything else. My personal advise to them is to urgently seek help if not in my beloved Eritrea try to go to the neighbouring countries, but watch-out, the DIA generals may sell you to the Sinai Bedouin and end up loosing your organs.

  • dlyet

    ፎርቶዝፈልጣ መቸም ብዙሕ ሰብ እዩ ንኩሎም ደቂ ዓዲ ተለርያ ደቂ
    ሰኒታ ቪላጆ ጸጸራት ቤት መኻእ የዕብያ። ኣብ በሪክ ኮፍ ዝበለት ፎርቶ
    ዓበይትን ንኣሽቱን ንከተማ ኣስመራ ብማዕዶ ዝዕዘቡላ ቦታ እያ።
    መብዛሕትኡ ሰብ ዕርዲ ናይ ወታደራት ጥልያን ከምዝነበረት ደሓር ድማ
    ሰፈር ወታደራት ናይ ደርግ ከምዝነበረት እዩ ዝፈለጣ። ብጀክኡ ግን
    ንገጠራት ኣገልግሎት ትህብ ፖሊስ ጣብያ ናይ ኣእምሮ ሕክምና ቅድሚ
    ሰንብለ ምካዱ ኣብ ፎርቶ ኔሩ። ከሙ እዉን ኣብ ከባቢኣ ቤት ማሕተም
    መንግስቲ ኦሮታ ትምህርትን ሆስፒታልን ቤት ትምህርቲ ነርስ ቤተ
    ክርስትያን እንዳ ሚኪኤልን መቃብርን እንዳመድሃኔኣለም ቤተ ክርስትያን
    ተግባረዕድ ቤት ትምህርቲ ሕብረት ካልኦትን ክኮኑ ከልዉ ኣብ ዝሕጂ እዋን
    ድማ እንዳዜና ምኳና ዝበለጸ ምርጫ እዩ። ብዓቢኡ ድማ መቃብር
    ሓርበኛታትና ኣብ ጎኒ ፎርቶ እዩ ዝርከብ።
    ፎርቶ እወ ፎርቶ
    ባንደራ ኤረይ ቅድሚ ዓለም ዝተሰቀለቶ
    ታንኪ ከዳዕ ደይባቶ
    ነዚ እከይ ናይ እዋንና ተሸኪማቶ
    ነስመራና ክህዉኩ ህድኣታ
    በዓል ሻላ ማላ በዓል ዒታ
    ኣይረኣይዎን ድዮም ምዕባለ ኦሮታ
    ፍረ ጻማ ሳልሕ መኪ ናይ ሑሙማት እፎይታ
    ኣታ ኩሉሙሉ ኣብኡ እንድዩ ኣታ
    ዓዲ ተለርያ ምስ ሰኒታ ዓገብ በላ
    ቤት መኻእ ቪላጆ ምስ ጸጸራት ኣይፋልኩምን በላ
    እንዳ ሚኪኤል እንዳ መድሃኔኣለም ደወልክን ደውላ
    መታን ክወርዳ ናብ ታሕቲ እተን ታንክታት
    ኣብ ቦትኤን ክምለሳ ኣለወን እተን ሓይልታት
    ምስ ክዳን ለይቶም ወጹ ሑሙማት ከይተረፉ ዉጹዓት
    ክሕብርዎም ነቶም ከዳዓት
    ከይርበሹ ስፍራ ስዉኣት
    ተንቀጥቀጠ መቃብር ሳልሕ መኪ
    ምስረኣየ ኦሮታ ኣብ ክንዲ ፎርቶ ክትበኪ
    ክትሕብሕቦ ነቲ ዉጉእ ኣብ ሕቅፎኣ የእትያ
    ጽንዓት ይሃብኩም እንዳበለት ንስድራ ስዉእ ሰራሕ ቅያ
    ኣደይ ኢታይ እንዳሚኪኤል ክትቁዝም ወዓለት
    የሕዋት ነንሕድሕዶም ክቃተሉ ኣየ መዓት እንዳበለት
    ኣጆኻ መንእሰይ ወጊድ በሎም ነዞም ከዳዓት
    ተከናከኖ ነቲ ነጻነት ሕድሪ ስዉኣት
    ቅዋም ይኣይ ክትከለለይ ንእንዳዜና ብሓይሊ ኣንብቡ እንዳበልካ
    ጀጋኑ እንዳወጋእካ እንዳቀተልካ
    እሱራት ይፈትሑ ትብል ከይሓነካ ንሰብ ኣብ ስርሑ ኣሲርካ
    ኣታ መን ይብሉካ ንምእዙዝነት ምክልካል ሓይልታት ዘታለልካ
    እዋይ ሕዝቢ ኣስመራ ዘስደምም ጽንዓቱ
    ድንብርጽ ኣይበሎን እምነቱ ኣብ መንግስቱ
    ፈሺሉ እዩ ከይተጀመረ ስርሒት ፎርቶ
    ሓረሩ ከምቀደሞም ባዓል ዘሪጋ ከንቶመንቶ!

    ሞጎስን ክብርን ንምክልካል ሓይልታት ኤርትራ
    ጽንዓትን ሓይልን ንመንግስትና
    ዘልዓለማዊ ዝኽሪ ንስውአትና
    ዓወት ንሓፋሽ!

    • forto2013

      RIDICULOUS like isaias, u r not with the situation. its better to quit.

  • MacLogos

    Greetings everybody,

    It has been a while since I have been here. I conversed on the pages of for a little while and then went elsewhere from where I have been calling everybody by their right name and daring them to start thinking about ending the rule of the jungle and striving to let the rule of national and international law rule. Of course, I called all the actors in the theater by their right name and did a fair bit of bushing along the way. I just thought I should stop by here to say hello to everybody and throw in on this fresh page a couple of things that I wrote elsewhere earlier and see if I can get away with in :-). Without much ado, a two part note follows:

    A : On Wedi Ali and his heroic friends who spoke from Forto Asmara loud and clear :

    There is not much left to say in Eritrean politics for most of the things that matter to the Eritrean people have been said. The Diaspora Eritrean opposition to DIA’s despotic rule in Eritrea has said much but did little than talk for or against one another. The story of Wedi Ali and his friends in Forto Asmara is the the story of the straw that broke the Eritrean camel’s back as it is written both in ink and blood and not just words that many may soon forget.

    The Asmara Eritrean Army revolt has clearly and boldly told DIA and his regime to relinquish power to the Eritrea people and set them free to govern themselves under the rule of law. DIA and his bestial PFDJ regime have been challenged right form the heights of Asmara to end their barbaric rule of the jungle in Eritrea and implement the supreme law of the land loud and clear. Heroes like Wedi Ali are what legends are made of and may his soul and the souls of others that may have been martyred with him in defense of their people against tyranny rest in peace.

    When men stand for justice to be done with courage, you get men like Wedi Ali who talk the talk and walk the walk even if it means giving their life along the way so that justice is done for others. These are indeed a rare breed of men and found far and in between. May the torch of liberty they have lit burn larger and brighter all over Eritrea and set its people free to establish their own government and live their God given lives in peace.



    B : On The Ongoing Eritrean-Ethiopian Political Sate Of Affairs:

    Enda Nhna-Nsu are bewitched by DIA. Enda Minia are bewitched by Enda Anennia. Enda Eritrea-4-Eritreans are in turn bewitched by Eritrea as well as by Enda Hgdef-Mendef, Enda Kidan-Awan, and Enda Weyin-Anan. The YPFDJs or YMonkeys and their counterparts in the Eritrean opposition to DIA’s barbaric rule in Eritrea are nothing but clueless new kids on the block. The YMonkeys, the YMinias, and the YAnennias are just a lost generation learning to swim in the troubled waters that their mothers and fathers created and making a lot of noise and blowing much hot-air in the process.

    Jebha Abay was baalti Aurum Tebai. Her daughters make much noise and play merry-go-round in the land of Jebha Abay’s old enemy. Enda DIA have gone insane and are living on borrowed time till they expire and go to hell. Enda Eritrea-4-Eritreans are again coming alive in their talk of the peaceful way forward out of the Eritrean-Ethiopian crisis that is dominated by old dogs, wolves, foxes, snakes, puppets, and chickens. This time around, the battle is for the rule of law to rule and for the rule of the jungle to end.

    It is time for Eritrean to own their political to bring about the change they seek without DIA and Weyane foreign contamination. Let me put it this way : DIA = CIA = Chairman Isaias Afoweq. DIA = CIA = Weyane. DIA + al-QaEda = Weyane + al-CIAda. DIA and his weyane cousins are two faces of the same evil coin who have turned the life of the Eritrean people into a living hell on Earth between them according to the wishes of their New World Order masters. It is time to put up and let the rule of law rule and leave our people alone to establish their own government or face the music till you retire or expire and go to hell.

    The most important thing that Eritrean ought to remember is that they should start thinking as civic Eritrean citizens instead of as the citizens of useless organizations and their failed leaders. Let me be as biased and as brief as I can be here : Eritrea was great because the ELA and the EPLA were two great armies that liberated it from Ethiopian colonial rule with world acclaim. This is besides the fact that Eritrea’s two great armies helped to liberate Ethiopians from the rule of Janhoi the terrible and Mengistu the devil. Other than that, the rest is just yesterday’s story and today’s history.

    DIA and his Weyane cousins run nothing but errand regimes of their Luciferian masters while playing Eritreans to fight against each other till their time comes to go. Kidan-Awan and her crybabies don’t stand on their own heads and feet and don’t know what awaits them once their Weyin-Anan patron is gone. The Eritrea-4-Eritreans camp is talking much about the peaceful way out of the ongoing Eritrean-Ethiopian crisis and time will tell how far it can go. It is about time for all concerned in the Eritrean-Ethiopian crisis to let the rule of national and international law rule and allow the Eritrean people to establish their own government. Refusing to play it by the rule of law and running around to make lies grow wings and fly is futile and a total waste of energy and time.

    Adios Amigos!

    • Brhane

      First of all it is none of your business. Put in your pocket your paythagoras formula to equalize weyane and Shabia. Step out from our history it was the Eritrean people who paid blood and tear for thisindependence. The people deserve peace and democracy and the government was in the reght truck to smoothly transfer power to the people. No bodey forsed PFDJ to undertake referendum, build eritrean constitution and build considerable infrastructure.

      What comes in 1997 was just to stabilize the nation alot of externals start to do their job like what you are doing.I dont mean the gov. dont have mistakes but this is internal and we have the capacity to solve without your help. stop. remember what your musters did in Somalia

      • Sam


        what you need is external brian suport the one you have is not enough, second any budy who cars about us is welcoe to participate, Dear Maclogos we as a people who are victimised by DIA and HIGDEF apriciated your input, please continue.

      • sara

        by his own admission he said has bipolar disorder, and most of the time he is in that mood what do you expect him to write here at awate.the only thing we have to do is pray for him or tell him to get a professional help.


      I smell toxicity & PFDj like insults,non educative long ,boring self grandise analysis based on hatred of PFDJ & TPLF.. after long peace in the comments section ,I may have to retire for a while.Until the future Awates. I love our Awate web, but I would rather tolerate PFDJ toxicity .

  • efimel

    rumor is not news and certainly is not fact