Eritrean President Isaias Receives a Sword from Saudis



06 Aug 2019 – (EP) President-for-life Isaias Afwerki received today at State House a sword from a Saudi delegation led by Lt. General Prince Fahad bin Turki Abdulaziz, Commander of the Coalition Forces against Terrorism (pictured).

However, the ardah, a ceremonial Saudi’s sword dance before engaging in war, was not staged at the palace. Nowadays ardah is done at all kinds of Saudi engagements, from weddings to holidays to cultural events of all sorts, and involves two lines of men, arms linked, dancing while holding swords.

Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane G. Meskel clarified that the talks only centred on Eritrea-Saudi bilateral ties as well as the security of the Red Sea region.


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