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?
“Give your opponents a chance to talk. Let them finish. Do not resist, defend or debate. This only raises barriers. Try to build bridges of understanding. Do not build higher barriers of misunderstanding” – Dale Carnegie
I WANTED to begin my comment with this worthwhile quoting to underscore how listening to any point of view be it agreeable or disagreeable is critically important in any conversation we may have leave alone the serious issues of the relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
FROM the U.S. White House today, President Obama correctly acknowledged in regard to sanctions against Cuba that “isolation has not worked” and that it is time for a “new approach.” Listening to his speech, I reflect that nearly every statement made in regard to the ineffectiveness of sanctions against Cuba apply equally and accurately to sanctions against Eritrea. Continue reading From Cuba to Eritrea: Extending the Conversation on Failed Sanctions→
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.
United States Diplomat and Former Ambassador to Nigeria and South Africa, Princeton Lyman, recently wrote a piece blaming Eritrea for the lack in progress in relations with the United States. By choosing to remain silent about the many, well-documented wrong-doings of the United States (and Ethiopia) in regard to Eritrea and the region, he also tries to absolve them of any responsibility.
The ill-thought policies of US administration officials, that have caused tragic consequences for the region, started during the unnecessary war between Eritrea and Ethiopia in 1998-2000. At that time US officials, who had been invited by both sides to facilitate a peaceful settlement, decided to take sides, convinced as they were that saving the regime of the late Ethiopian Prime Minister at all costs was their number one priority. Continue reading Time for a Thorough Policy Review to Normalize U.S. – Eritrea Relations→