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Eritrea accuses United States CIA of coup plot

Eritrea says it has uncovered evidence of a 2011 US plot to overthrow the government in Asmara.

A statement released by the ministry of information also accuses Israel of helping to demonise Eritrea in the eyes of the rest of the world.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (L) and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki (R) celebrate the reopening of the Embassy of Eritrea in Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on July 16, 2018. – Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki reopened his country’s embassy in Ethiopia on July 16, the latest in a series of dizzying peace moves after two decades of war between the neighbours. (Photo by MICHAEL TEWELDE / AFP) (Photo credit should read MICHAEL TEWELDE/AFP/Getty Images)

It is not clear what provoked this rare outburst, but the government says it has got hold of “confidential documents” used by the conspirators.

Eritrea accused the US spy agency, the CIA, of planning to incite “insurrection and protests” similar to the Arab Spring. The statement which was released in the Tigrinya language alleges that a number of State Department officials, who are mentioned by name, held a “secret meeting” in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

It also says that “operatives” considered military action similar to that taken against former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, is accused of spreading false information that suggested that Eritrea was collaborating with terrorist organizations based in the Middle East.

There is no evidence that there was a conspiracy and neither has the government released any documents to support its claim.

The US has been a critic of Eritrea’s human rights record describing it as an “authoritarian regime”

Via BBC Tigrinya by Tesfalem Araia

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