A recent remark made by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia with Aljazeera Television has received considerable coverage mainly because of his response to a question on Ethiopia-Eritrea relations that was inaccurately reported as a policy shift by Ethiopia. However, the only thing different we have heard this time against his late predecessor Zenawi was the mentioning of Asmara specifically.
But when he recently grilled by his parliament if he really meant it, the increasingly insecure accidental prime minister quickly denied that there is no change in policy on that regard but only meant to seize the opportunity to score some political points against Eritrea.
On the other hand, the Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki when asked about Hailemariam’s call for negotiation, he simply answered that Eritrea would not associate issues with the passing away of individuals and he fully aware of the source of such utterance. He further said that it would not serve any purpose other than a public relations gimmick and for that Eritrea is not at all ready to engage in such kind of drama.
Here below is an audio report prepared by the Tigrinya Service bureau of the Voice of America.
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