Dear Mr. President,

In recent weeks, the Eritrean government has lobbied the United States to use Eritrea's Red Sea ports as military bases in the war against terrorism.
Secretary Rumsfeld left open the possibility during his trip to Asmara in December. Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned about the impact a
deepening U.S. military relationship with Eritrea might have on efforts to end the Eritrean government's gross abuses of civil and political rights -
abuses which not only harm the Eritrean people but undermine the struggle against terrorism.