THE Eritrean Ambassador to the European Union, Mr. Negasi Kassa, has presented his credentials to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands as Eritrea’s non-resident Ambassador to the country.
The Ambassador conveyed a message of goodwill from President Isaias Afwerki to King Willem-Alexander and the people of the Netherlands. He expressed the readiness of the Eritrean Government to further strengthen the existing ties with the Netherlands, the EU and other member countries of the union.
Ambassador Negasi further explained the current situation in Eritrea and developments and trends in the wider region.
Recalling that he had the opportunity to visit Eritrea prior to his coronation as the Dutch monarch, King Willem-Alexander stated that he was keenly aware of the struggle the people of Eritrea had waged to gain their legitimate national independence. The King extended his best wishes for the good health of President Isaias as well as peace and prosperity to the Eritrean people.
During his brief stay in the Netherlands, Ambassador Negasi held discussion with Mr. Michael Stibbe, Director of Sub-Saharan Africa in the Dutch Foreign Ministry.
The Ambassador clarified Eritrea’s position on Ethiopia’s continued occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories and the need to redress the unwarranted sanctions imposed against it.
The two officials also exchanged views on bilateral and regional issues.