ON JUNE 10 in the Ministry Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia was held a meeting of the Foreign Minister Viacheslav Chirikba with the delegation of the State of Eritrea comprising of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Eritrea in the Russian Federation Teklay Minassie Asgedom and Head of the Department of Asia and the Pacific of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea Kalekristos Zariseney Gebreyezus.
The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Irakli Khintba and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Abkhazia in the Russian Federation Igor Akhba.
Viacheslav Chirikba noted the similarity of the fate of the people of Abkhazia and Eritrea in their struggle for national liberation. “We must preserve and strengthen everything that we have achieved at such cost to make our country economically prosperous, improve living standards. Political will of the leadership of the two countries and great potential in the field of economic and cultural cooperation is the guarantee of success of our relationship,”- he stressed.
According to Viacheslav Chirikba the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Eritrea is going to visit Abkhazia soon.
“It happened that the Foreign Minister had to attend the inauguration ceremony of the President of Egypt and could not visit Abkhazia. But from myself and representative of the MFA of Eritrea I would like to confirm his intentions to come on an official visit to Abkhazia. I also want to convey, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Eritrea the invitation to the Abkhaz Foreign Minister to visit our country at any time” – said Teklay Asgedom.
“As you correctly noted, there is much in common in the history of our countries. Naturally, after 30 years of brutal war our people yearn for peace and security, as well as the people of Abkhazia, and our main task is to ensure this. We closely follow developments in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, especially after the tragic events of 2008. The fact that the war for Eritrean independence has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, does not allow us to remain indifferent to the desire of other nations to gain independence. The discussion process of recognition the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia has started long ago, and our current visit is caused by it,”- said the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Eritrea in the Russian Federation Teklay Asgedom.
“This is a familiarization visit and we have very good impressions about Abkhazia, we were able to understand many aspects of life in this state. Of course, our visit will help to reach a final political decision“, – he emphasized in an interview. At the meeting were also discussed a number of questions about the prospects for economic, educational, humanitarian and political engagement.
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High-level Eritrean Delegation Conducts visit in Crimea
(Asmara, 06 June 2014) – A high-level Eritrean delegation headed by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and including Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Head of Political Affairs at the PFDJ, is conducting visit in the Republic of Crimea.
In a meeting it held with Vladmir Konstantonov, Chairperson of the Crimean Parliament, the high-level delegation indicated that the visit is aimed at taking observations regarding developments in the country it has been following through the media.
The high-level delegation is taking part in a festival marking the 215th anniversary of Alexander Pushkin’s birthday.
Meanwhile, the high-level Eritrean delegation is due to visit the historical port city of Sevastopol which is located along the Black Sea and hold discussion with the Mayor of the city, besides participating in the official ceremony in connection with Pushkin’s birthday at Yalta city where the Chairman of the Russian Assembly and various other officials will be present.
It is to be recalled that the Eritrean delegation earlier visited South Ossetia and held talks with the President and Prime Minister of the country.
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Ukraine Protest Eritrea’s Visit to Cremia
MINISTRY of Foreign Affairs expresses its strong protest to Eritrean side over not approved by Ukraine visit on June 5-6, 2014 of Minister for Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea Osman Saleh Mohammed to the temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation the Autonomous Republic of Crim (Crimea).
Ukraine considers that visit as an unfriendly step, blatant disregard of international law by Eritrean side as well as a flagrant violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and domestic law, of the UN Charter and the UN General Assembly resolution “Territorial integrity of Ukraine” adopted on March 27, 2014, that may have deeply negative effect on further development of Ukrainian – Eritrean relations.
We call on the Eritrean side to respect strictly the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and to comply with the international law.