The Government of Japan is moving ahead with plans to establish a fully fledged Embassy in Asmara starting next year in view of the existing cordial relations between the two countries.
It will also plan to open Representative office at the African Union (AU) besides opening new embassies in Belarus, Cyprus, Seychelles, Vanuatu; and consular office in three cities including Cebu.
The total amount of budget approved for this purpose is ¥773 billion in the Japanese fiscal year 2017.
Government of Eritrea, through its envoy in Tokyo, welcomes the initiative of the Government of Japan to open its Embassy in Asmara.
“This important diplomatic step will further enhance, deepen and develop the historic bilateral relations that happily existed between the two friendly countries and people since 1931,” Ambassador Estifanos Afwerki said lauding the significance of scaling existing relations up to an embassy level.
The Japanese government first disclosed its readiness to open an Embassy and foster partnership of cooperation with Eritrea in 2014 during a meeting between the visiting Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Minoru Kiuchi and Foreign Minister Osman Saleh here in Asmara.
Eritrea established its Embassy in Tokyo in 2003.
Japan has approved budget which is allocated to the opening of new Embassies in #Eritrea and Seychelles in Africa
— Ambassador Estifanos (@AmbassadorEstif) September 16, 2016
FM Osman Held Talks With Japanese Counterpart
(Asmara, 30 August 2016) – Eritrea’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Osman Saleh, recently met and held talks in Nairobi with his Japanese counterpart, Mr. Fumio Kishida, on fostering bilateral relations between the two countries.
In the meeting conducted on 26 August in the Kenyan Capital at a sideline of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), the two officials discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern to both countries.
The meeting between the two officials also focused on education, sport, trade and investment as well as other domains of co-operation and exchange of experiences as well as developing working together to evaluate the envisaged sectors and there by ensure progress in an enhanced manner.
Present at the meeting were the Eritrean Ambassadors to Kenya and Japan respectively.