Tag Archives: Eritrea Diplomacy

The Wall that Ethiopia Had Carefully Erected Against Eritrea Has Crumbled

Eritrea is coming in from the cold. Could that spark a shooting war with Ethiopia?

Humiliating. Wider winds in the region are blowing in Eritrea’s favor that effectively crumbling Ethiopia’s 17 years old strategy of containment.

BY TOM GARDNER | FOREIGN POLICY

Two recent and seemingly incongruous events may one day be seen as symbolic turning points for Eritrea, a one-party state often referred to as Africa’s hermit kingdom. The first was a bloody clash on Eritrea’s border with Ethiopia in June 2016, which left hundreds of people dead and brought back memories of the devastating 1998-2000 war between the two archenemies. Continue reading The Wall that Ethiopia Had Carefully Erected Against Eritrea Has Crumbled

2015 in Review: Eritrea’s Charm Offensive

Meticulously planned, expanded and executed diplomatic efforts by Eritrea in 2015 has already borne fruit. Without getting overly optimistic, Eritrea expects to gain more this year that eventually lead to annulment of the unjust sanctions altogether.

By Simon Keleta,

Eritrea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs seems to have been quite busy this past year. The effect of Eritrea’s growing relations have clearly borne fruit within the halls of the UN. To understand the gains made in 2015, we must first recall UN Security Council Resolution 1907 and the conditions that brought sanctions on Eritrea in 2009.

Knowing that European Union (EU)-member states were historically reluctant to support anti-African resolutions not sponsored by Africa as a whole, Susan Rice exploited Eritrea’s temporary absence from the east African regional bloc, the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), to rally members of the African Union (AU) in an anti-Eritrea resolution that was made to appear as an “African Initiative.” Continue reading 2015 in Review: Eritrea’s Charm Offensive

Eritrea’s Diplomatic Victories at 24

Eritrea’s diplomatic challenges emanate from one source and that is the US. On every turn Eritrea was forced to climb mountains to achieve small diplomatic progress. To be shunned by the US means denial of rights as a nation and ultimately death and, only handful of nations mange to overcome it. Eritrea’s brilliance is, therefore, a unique development on international affairs.

By Amanuel Biedemariam,

For many underdeveloped countries particularly African, Diplomacy means: to be flexible, to acquiesce, compromise, undermine-once-principle and values to accommodate suitors at the expense of long term interests of the nations they claim serve.

Eritrea’s firm and principled stances are therefore aberration to the norm and thorn on the sides of those who benefit from the diplomatic acquiescence or submissiveness of countries that sell their souls in order to remain in power for financial or other gains. Many considered those stances undiplomatic. However, as the saying goes, there is more than one way to skin the cat. Eritrea’s diplomatic approaches prove that there is alternative to the diplomacy that African nations practiced for decades.  Continue reading Eritrea’s Diplomatic Victories at 24

President Al-Bashir Lauded Sudanese – Eritrean Ties

President Al-Bashir praises the distinguished Sudanese-Eritrean relations at all levels

By Sudan Vision,

President of the Republic Omer Al Bashir has received a written message from his Eritrean counterpart Issias Afwerki dealing with mutual cooperation between the two countries. The message was conveyed to the President by Afwerki’s envoy.

Al Bashir lauded the distinguished relations between Sudan and Eritrea and instructed competent authorities to coordinate with Eritrea to further develop relations and mutual cooperation between the two countries.

Yemane Gebreab, the Eritrean envoy said in press statements that he handed over a message to President Al Bashir dealing with mutual cooperation between the two countries besides exchange of views on important regional issues.  Continue reading President Al-Bashir Lauded Sudanese – Eritrean Ties

The Impact of Eritrea-South Africa Bilateral Relation in the Horn of Africa

For Eritrea, building a strategic relationship with any country is a top foreign policy priority

By Berouk Mesfin,

Eritrea and South Africa formally established diplomatic relations in 1994. Eighteen years later, the two states seem to be strengthening their bilateral relations.

In March, Iqbal Jhazbhay, the new South African ambassador to Eritrea, presented his credentials to President Isaias Afwerki. Significantly, Jhazbhay was warmly received by the president only a week after his arrival, which is a very unusual occurrence. This demonstrates the importance that Eritrea accords to South Africa.  Continue reading The Impact of Eritrea-South Africa Bilateral Relation in the Horn of Africa

Eleven New Ambassadors Accredited to Eritrea

New UN Ambassador to Eritrea, Ms. Christine Imutoni

By Shabait,

President of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki, received credentials of 11 Ambassadors accredited to Eritrea.

At a special ceremony held at the State House in Asmara, Ambassadors from the UK, China, Republic of South Sudan, Germany, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Australia and the UN submitted their respective credentials.  Continue reading Eleven New Ambassadors Accredited to Eritrea