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Introducing Natalie Brown, the New U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires to Eritrea

By US Embassy – Asmara,

Meet Natalie Brown, the new U.S. Chief of Mission to Eritrea. Natalie Brown is honored to serve as the United States Chief of Mission to Eritrea. Throughout her career as a diplomat, she has worked to advance democratic values, enhance peace and security, promote economic prosperity and encourage the education and societal participation of women and girls.

She is looking forward to sharing Eritrea’s rich culture and history.


As we all know, the United States established diplomatic relations with Eritrea in 1993, following our independence from Ethiopia’s 1961 annexation.

According to the United States, it is the ongoing government detention of political dissidents and others, the closure of the independent press, limits on civil liberties and Eritrea’s failure to accept a proposed U.S. Ambassador that caused the existing strained U.S.-Eritrean relations.

Eritrea rather accused United States’ hostility that sour the relation between the two countries.

The U.S. said its interests in Eritrea include reconciling ongoing disputes with Ethiopia and Djibouti, addressing human rights issues, promoting economic reform, and encouraging Eritrea to contribute to regional stability.

However, the US made it absolutely clear, even to this date, that it was not going to shoulder its responsibility in regards to the Ethiopia – Eritrea boundary ruling and even imposed two unfair and illegal sanctions in order to muzzle Eritrea and kill any discussion of Ethiopia’s continued occupation of Eritrean territory.

Currently, the United States and Eritrea have very little bilateral trade. However, the U.S. provides no bilateral assistance nor any military-to-military cooperation with Eritrea.

There currently is no U.S. Ambassador to Eritrea; the outgoing U.S. Chargé d’Affaires was Louis Mazel.

Louis Mazel appears, to most Eritreans, as a man of good will as they follow his short and unusually positive messages about Eritrea on the embassy’s Facebook page. He was considered a breath of fresh air, especially when compared to his predecessors such as the inept Ronald McMullen who had done much to foul-up relations between the two countries.

All this in mind, we are wishing the new U.S. Chief of Mission, Ms. Natalie Brown, success and hoping that she will do her level best towards improving relation between Eritrea and the United States.

US Embassy: Eritrea Becomes ‘Part of the Solution’ for Humanitarian Aid for the Region

The U.S. Chief of Mission in Asmara lauds Eritrea for being “part of the solution” for the troubled Horn of Africa region by helping facilitate humanitarian relief for the people of South Sudan.

By Louis Mazel, U.S. Chief of Mission in Asmara,

In June, I was able to witness the movement of a pilot shipment of 1,100 tons of Canadian-donated sorghum that was transported through Eritrea’s Port of Massawa by the World Food Program (WFP) for delivery to South Sudan.

This pilot shipment sourced from India, arrived in Massawa and was quickly unloaded from containers and transferred to Eritrean trucks for onward shipment to Kosti, South of Khartoum, a distance of 1,153 kilometres. There the trucks were offloaded for final shipment to South Sudan. Continue reading US Embassy: Eritrea Becomes ‘Part of the Solution’ for Humanitarian Aid for the Region

ብኢዱ ንጸሓይ ዝኽውል፡ ንሓቂ ብዓሎቕ ዝብልል፡ ሓያል የልቦን!!

ግዱሳት ተጸናጸንቲ እከይ ውዲታት

ለቃ ስታፍ ስርሒታት ኤምባሲ ሕቡራት መንግስታት ኣሜሪካ ኣብ ኣስመራ ኤርትራ፡ እንሆ ሕጂ! ሕጂ! የውክእ ኣሎ። ንበይኑ ዘይኮነ፡ ምስቶም ኣብ ዝባና ዘይሕጋውን፡ ዘይፍትሓውን ዝተስገደደ እገዳ ክጸንዓነና እንከሎ ተዓዘብትን ደገፍትን ዝነበሩ ኣካላት ጥራይ ዘይኮነ፡ ብቐንዱ ምስ ወኪል ውድብ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ኮይኑ ኢዩ ናብ ማእከል ዕደና ወርቂ ብሻ ዝበጽሕ ዘሎ።

ነዚ ብኣካል ናብ ማእከል ዕደና ወርቂ ብሻ በጺሐ፡ ናይ ዓይኒ ምስክርነተይ ይህብ ኣለኹ ዝብል ዘሎ፡ ናይ`ታ ዓባይ ዓለምና ዝኾነት ሕቡራት መንግስታት ኣሜሪካ ተወካሊ ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝህቦ ዘሎ ቃል ምስክርነት፡ ኣብ ቅድሚ ወኪል ውድብ ሕቡራት ሃገራት ኣብ ኤርትራ ዝወሃብ ዘሎ ምስ ምዃኑ፡ እታ ንወርሒ ሰነ 2016 ጽሟቕ ጸብጻብ ብምቕራብ፡ ንኤርትራ ተወሳኺ እገዳ ንምጽዓን፡ ተኣንጆት! ተሸበሸብ! Continue reading ብኢዱ ንጸሓይ ዝኽውል፡ ንሓቂ ብዓሎቕ ዝብልል፡ ሓያል የልቦን!!

Washington Sends Signals of a Thaw to Asmara

Louis Mazel, Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Asmara.

By African Intelligence,

The recent lobbying of the State Department by the former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Herman Cohen, for it to normalise its relations with Eritrea, has paid off.

The US embassy in Asmara will soon reopen its doors. Continue reading Washington Sends Signals of a Thaw to Asmara

U.S. Embassy in Asmara Announced Opening of “The Doors” Soon

“The doors will be opening soon” – U.S. Embassy in Asmara

Something is developing inside the U.S. Embassy in Asmara. From a “Coming Soon” message last week to “The doors will be opening soon” today. No further explanations given and all these communicated through the Official Facebook page of the Embassy in Asmara. But, which doors are opening this time?

The messages are deliberately short and are, of course, open to different interpretations. However, given the unusual positive messages that are coming out these days through the Chief of Mission Mr. Louis Mazel, most Eritreans are optimistic about this particular message. Continue reading U.S. Embassy in Asmara Announced Opening of “The Doors” Soon

U.S. Charge d’Affairs to Natnael Berhane: Mazel Tov

Louis Mazel, Chief of Mission/Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Asmara. Can he be is a breath of fresh air towards improving U.S.-Eritrea relation?

By Bereket Kidane,

Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Asmara, The Honorable Louis Mazel, recently congratulated Natnael Berhane on his third place finishes in Stages 6 and 7 at The Tour of Utah and for winning the Vivint Jersey for “Most Aggressive Rider” of the prestigious tour.

Mr. Mazel had written on the Embassy’s facebook page that he was rooting for Natnael to do well and that he had invited him to his house in Asmara for dinner along with some American cycling officials before he issued him a visa to the United States. Continue reading U.S. Charge d’Affairs to Natnael Berhane: Mazel Tov