Finland’s Development Minister Heading to Eritrea

Minister Pekka Haavisto  to pay a short visit to Asmara
Minister Pekka Haavisto to pay a short visit to Asmara

By Finland Foreign Affairs,

Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto will visit Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, on 9–10 January.

During his visit, the Minister will get acquainted with the humanitarian situation of Eritrea and the problems caused by the present state of Eritrea, the refugee problem in particular. At the same time, Finland will encourage Eritrea to increase its international interaction and enhance its dialogue with the EU.

During his visit, Minister Haavisto will meet President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki and Minister of Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh Mohammed as well as representatives of the international community operating in the country, such as the UN and the EU.

Finland participates in the efforts to enhance the humanitarian situation of Eritrea chiefly through general assistance for the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR and the humanitarian aid donated to the Horn of Africa region.
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UPDATE:

South African Ambassador to Eritrea Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay has just posted the following message on his Facebook page regarding the said visit by Finnish Minister of Development to Asmara.

“Finnish Development Minister, Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s Ambassador to Kenya, visits Asmara to explore development projects. A useful meeting of minds at the South African Embassy in Asmara this morning.”

Ambassador Iqbal Jhazbhay, Finish Development Minister, Pekka Haavisto and Finish Ambassadorto Kenya in Asmara
Ambassador Iqbal Jhazbhay, Finnish Development Minister, Pekka Haavisto and Finish Ambassador to Kenya, all at the South African Embassy in Asmara (09 Jan 2014)

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