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Eritrea at the UN: Rebuilding Towards a Fresh Narrative

Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam from Eritrea is one of a handful of African female Permanent Representatives to the UN in New York.
Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam from Eritrea is one of the few African female Permanent Representatives at the United Nations. (UN Photo/Loey Felipe)

BY ZIPPORAH MUSAU | AFRICA RENEWAL

Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam from Eritrea is one of only a handful of African female Permanent Representatives of their countries to the UN in New York. In Africa Renewal’s series profiling the African women representing their countries at UN Headquarters, she spoke with Zipporah Musau about her priorities, the challenges so far and why she is keen on bringing a fresh narrative of her country to the world. Here are excerpts: Continue reading Eritrea at the UN: Rebuilding Towards a Fresh Narrative

Ulrich Coppel Interview With FM Osman Salih

“Germany’s overall policy stance on Eritrea is not constructive.”

“Eritrea is keen to cultivate a relationship [with Germany] as long as it is based on mutual respect and common interests. We cannot naturally accommodate positions that seek to impose conditions on our policy perspective and developmental approaches.” – FM Osman Saleh (Photo: Ulrich Coppel)
BY VERöFFENTLICHT VON | ULRICH COPPEL

In July 2020, Ulrich Coppel sent written questions to Eritrea’s Foreign Minister Osman Saleh. It was intended as a “follow-up“ to an interview published in the WESTFÄLISCHE NACHRICHTEN in October 2019. For technical reasons, however, Osman Saleh was unable to answer the following questions until 16 October 2020. Important fundamental issues, such as the Eritrean National Service, the development of a constitution, but also current affairs such as the state of relations between Germany and Eritrea and COVID were discussed. Continue reading Ulrich Coppel Interview With FM Osman Salih

Amid Red Sea Rivalries, Eritrea Plays for Independence

“Once considered to be among Africa’s most isolated countries, Eritrea’s evolving relationship with regional cooperation could have major implications for stability in the Horn of Africa.”

President Isaias proposes a regional bloc to balance the rising influence of Gulf states on the Red Sea region, notes Professor Harry Verhoeven, convenor of the Oxford University China-Africa Network.

BY HARRY VERHOEVEN | UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE

When Eritrea’s president last month hosted the leaders of Ethiopia and Somalia to discuss “regional cooperation,” that initiative drew few global headlines. Still, Eritrea’s move should be noted by policymakers and others working for stability in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea region. Continue reading Amid Red Sea Rivalries, Eritrea Plays for Independence

Excerpts of President Isaias Afwerki Interview on Domestic Issues

“Education and health services are the most important factors for economic development. The priority in investment is capacity building of our people” – President Isaias

BY SHABAIT

It is to be remembered that on 7 and 9 February 2020, National media outlets, Eri- Tv and Dimtsi Hafash Radio Program, have conducted exclusive interview with His Excellency President Isaias Afwerki on a range of subjects focusing both on regional and domestic issues. Continue reading Excerpts of President Isaias Afwerki Interview on Domestic Issues

Excerpts of President Isaias Afwerki Interview on Regional Issues (II)

“Political developments in Ethiopia affects Eritrea directly. So we need to closely monitor the situation and make our views known to avoid damages later. It is with this perspective that we should strive to make modest contributions.”

BY SHABAIT

It is to be remembered that on 7 and 9 February 2020, National media outlets, Eri- Tv and Dimtsi Hafash Radio Program, have conducted exclusive interview with His Excellency President Isaias Afwerki on range of subjects focusing both on regional and domestic issues. Continue reading Excerpts of President Isaias Afwerki Interview on Regional Issues (II)

Excerpts of President Isaias Afwerki Interview on Regional Issues

“We must contribute, to the extent that we can, to the positive changes that occur in Ethiopia. We should not be mere strangers to what might transpire in Ethiopia.” – President Isaias

BY SHABAIT

It is to be remembered that on 7th and 9th of February 2020, National media outlets, Eri- Tv and Dimtsi Hafash Radio Programme, have conducted exclusive interview with His Excellency President Isaias Afwerki on range of subjects focusing both on regional and domestic issues. Excerpts of the first part of the interview follow: Continue reading Excerpts of President Isaias Afwerki Interview on Regional Issues