Eritrea and Netherlands Foreign Ministers Held Talks

Foreign Minister Osman Saleh held talks on August 23 in The Hague with his Netherlands counterpart, Mr. Bert Koenders, on re-establishment of diplomatic relations and 2% tax levy.

By Shabait,

Eritrea’s foreign Minister, Mr. Osman Saleh, held talks on August 23 in The Hague with the Netherlands counterpart, Mr. Bert Koenders, regarding the establishment of diplomatic relations and other topics.

In the meeting, Mr. Osman underlined that Eritrea believes and is working to develop constructive diplomatic engagement and mutual cooperation.

He further called on the European Union to play due role in the task of seeing to it that Ethiopia withdraws without pre-condition from sovereign Eritrean territories that it has occupied, as well as the lifting of the illegal and unjust sanctions against Eritrea and stopping the fabricated anti-Eritrea allegation in the name of “human rights”.

Mr. Bert Koenders said that he fully understands Eritrea’s complaints and expressed his country’s readiness to establish and strengthen relations with Eritrea. The two sides also agreed to work in cooperation against illegal human trafficking.

Mr. Osman also met and held talks with senior officials of the Dutch Foreign Ministry.

Mr. Negasi Kassa, Eritrea’s Ambassador to the European Union and Roving Ambassador to the Netherlands also attended the meeting.

Koenders Voices Concerns on Eritrean Embassy’s Tax Levy

By Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

During talks with his Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh on Tuesday, foreign minister Bert Koenders expressed concerns about the tax levy that Eritreans in the Netherlands are required to pay to their embassy. There are indications that intimidation is being used to collect the tax.

“I share the serious concerns that exist about this matter, and I’ve made that clear today,” said Mr Koenders after his meeting with Mr Saleh.

“For the Netherlands, intimidation or threats are unacceptable. Contacts between Eritreans and their embassy must always be voluntary.”

Eritreans living abroad are obliged to pay a 2% tax to the embassy in order to use Eritrean government services. This is permissible under Dutch law.

However, when the Dutch authorities see credible signs from the Eritrean community that intimidation is being used to collect the tax, or the police receive reports to this effect, the Public Prosecution Service can launch an investigation.

In addition, Mr Koenders thinks the tax places an excessive burden on Eritreans who are trying to integrate into Dutch society.

“In many cases they have to pay tax to two countries,” he said. “That’s not a good idea. And this tax creates an additional obstacle to Eritreans’ integration in the Netherlands.” The Netherlands would therefore prefer the Eritrean government to stop this dual taxation.

The two ministers also discussed EU development cooperation with Eritrea, migration and the Dutch-Eritrean dialogue.

Mr Koenders stressed the importance of continuing a critical dialogue with the country, for example as a means of calling the isolated regime to account for human rights violations.

15 thoughts on “Eritrea and Netherlands Foreign Ministers Held Talks

      1. Lalmba:
        There is a “new Word Order’,plus nay “Enkan haban” zemen eyyu.
        The Shabbos have a well articulated “Mutual Partnership” Deal.
        They succeeded with the EU and if they “loosen” a bit,they will succeed with all.
        Remember that is the devil is into detail through the fat JP Morgan and the Chevrons,the Bps are anxious to come in..
        We have to ” welcome” them with an Olive Branch along with a 50/50 deal….with certain ” Clauses”.

  1. This is a very simple issue, being consciously made into a complex one. These people need only see, ( which they clearly know, BTW) the support the Eritrean govt. recieves from its people in the diaspora, everytime the country is threatened by war or sanctions. Do they think these people are not willing to pay, a miserly 2% of their yearly income, to support martyrs families, orphans and the like? Why don’t they make a census amongst Eritreans living in the Netherlands, whether they want to pay this tax or not? They won’t do it because the result will be like our referendum: over 99%, YES!

    1. Does the Ned government show the same concern about the US citizens in Ned who pay tax to both countries, US and Ned? I very much doubt so!

      1. That is the point of double standard. They dare not question the age long US policy of taxing its expatriates all over the world!

  2. TN,
    FM Osman Saleh recently said that all the G-15 are still alive and they are poltical prisoners. What is your view on that?

  3. ኤርትራውያን እንታይ ኢኩም ትገብሩ ዘለኩም ?
    ኣብ ሃገርና ኢ/ያ ዝስራሕ ዘሎ ናይ መንገዲ ባቡር ናይ ኢንዳስትሪ ዞን ግድብ ህዳሰ ዩንቨርሲቲታት በዝሒ ህንፃታት መንገዲታት አስፓልቲ ፋይናንሳዊ ትካላት..ኣብዚ በቢ መዓልቲ ሐዱሽ ነገር ኢካ ትርኢ ..
    እንታይ እዩ ከም በቅሊ ቀሺ ደው አይበዝሐን ….ከምዝመስለኒ ውስናት ዒላታት ሰሪሕኩም አለኩም ቀፃሊ ሕልምኩም ድማ አብ ማእድን ወርቂን ፖታሽን ተስፋ ዝገበርኩም ይመስለኒ እዚ ግን እኩል ድዩ ?

    1. Think twice ኢትዮጵያዊ! You don’t put the cart before the horse. First thing is first – aim to fill up the Ethiopians’ stomach (by millions) first, then you can talk about the infrastructure development you are bragging about. ዓመት ከደ ዓመት መጸ እንዳለመንካን ሩዱኡኒ እንዳበልካን ዝመጽእ ወይ ዝቕጽል ምዕባሌ የለን። Remember “who he feeds you controls you.” You better learn from your old teacher Shaebia to save yourself/Weyane. እንተ ብዛዕባ ኤርትራ እንተዘይተቐንዘኻ ይሕሸካ። ካበይ ነቒልና ናበይ ንኸይድ ኣለና ግረም ገርና ስለ ንፈልጥ። You should only worry about Weyane who lost his ኮምፓስ in Ethiopia. ካብ ትግራይ ናብ ትግራይ looks near.

    2. I guess egum is trying to advise us, to beg from the west to add to what we already achieved on our own blood and sweat. i say thank you and worry about what is coming at you from all ethiopians. your 11% growth is coming to an end. 11% my A$$.

    3. Selam Ethiopia:
      While your TPLF led Ethnic-based Federalism is collapsing and the TPLF is going down hill, Eritrea and Eritreans are ready for the non-stop RIDE.
      Standing Tall and Stronger than ever against all Odds and against all the Tsunamis is but beyond achieving the unachievable, where it ONLY happens in Eritrea and by Eritreans!
      First thing FIRST:
      -Food Security
      -Equal Social Justice
      Then ,here we GO:
      1)Potash Mining for 300 years,
      2)Gold and Silver /Copper Mining for 50-100 years,
      3)Gas and Petroleum Potential(said to more than that of Saudi Arabia and Qatar combined per Energy Intelligence Report)for hundreds of years,
      4)Red Sea Dam to provide clean water, and clean Energy to all Africa and Middle East for hundreds of years,…..
      -Seven top Colleges in 7 years–EIT will be declared soon one of the Top Science and Technology Colleges in Africa
      -High Schools increased by 300 %
      -Elementary and Junior Schools increased by 400%
      -Literacy rate is hiking up to 80-98 %
      -Immunization rate/coverage is better than that of Australia-said to be the best in the world.
      -Clean water provision has improved to 85%
      -Roads have connected Eritrea 360 degrees
      -More than 30 Dams are full.
      More to come…..
      In the next 10 years, you will see:
      -Rail Roads and High Ways will be connecting Eritrea in 360 degrees besides connecting to the Sudan ,S Sudan,then to all parts of Africa via the Sudan and S Sudan and through the New Ethiopia-to be declared soon one.
      More coming in…..
      -4-5 Regional(Zonal )Universities:
      a)Denkalia University
      b)Red Sea Univ(Marine Sciences College now)
      c)Nacfa Unversity
      d)Emba Soira Univ(The Adi keyih College of Social sciences0
      e)Keren Univ
      f)Awate Univ(Gash Barka University)
      Do not go crazy now:
      The Eri Red Sea shall be declared a Free Trade Zone and the Aseb Port will be providing” Drinking Water” to all the World,not just for the Camels,..besides claiming its status of being the Pearl of the Red Sea.
      Asmera aka,Little Rome/Roma de ll’ Africa shall be declared as one of the Top 10 Wonders of the World.
      Hang up yourself, God forbid.
      Or Jump on to the Cliff…
      Eritreans shall be ONE,UNITED and STRONGER than EVER through One and Inclusive Constitution and no power under the sun shall dare to bite Eritrea–let alone to intimidate,threaten,bully,etc….

  4. ኑዛዜ
    ክናዘዝ’የ ኑዛዜ ናይ ልቢ
    ንስሓ ጌጋ ፡ ዘይዕዉት ስጉምቲ
    ኩሉ ዜጋ ፡ ክፈልጦ እቲ ሓቂ

    ብወረ ሰኺረ : ንጓና ኣሚነ
    ኣብ ሕልሚ ሓኪለ : ሃገረይ ጠንጢነ

    ተመንየ ፡ ክህብትም ኣንጊሀ
    ክጥዕመኒ ፡ ክበልዕ ሰሪሐ
    ክፍልሞ ፡ ሂወት ዝበረሀ
    ተሰዲደ ፡ ሃገረይ ራሕሪሐ

    ግና :
    ልቦና ኣጒዲለ : መንግስተይ ወንጂለ
    ሃገር ኣጸሊመ : ጉዕዞ ምስ ፈሸለ

    ሓስየ’ወ ፡ ሕልመይ ምስ ቀሃመ
    ኣንጻር ሃገር ፡ ቃላት ዘይበሰለ
    ቃና ክሕደት ፡ ሰማዒ ዘቕሓረ

    ጸጋ-ማዕዶ ፡ ከም ገመ በኒኑ
    ህንጡይ ልበይ ፡ ምድረበዳ ኮይኑ
    መጻእየይ ፡ ከም ቆጽሊ ሓሪሩ

    ህሩፍ ጸባ ወዲቐ ኣብ ጸበባ
    ተጣዒሰ ዘኪረ ኤርትራ
    ዓዲ ሰላም ወርቂ ዝሕለባ!

  5. Tax Levying:

    At one point, until/ before I divorced from the PFDJ,I was involved in/with the 2% Rehab Tax Agitating Committee and even in the 1990s,only 29-35% of Diaspora Eritreans were compliant but I have never come across and heard of or about this thing about the Eritrean Embassy and Community intimidating or forcing Eritreans to pay that miniscule/minimum tax.
    Not sure if the Eri-Dutch Community or the Eri Embassy In Holland particularly does that thing,which is less likely.
    It is part and parcel of the sabotage as usual, I believe.
    My reservation is about asking 2% to have an Eritrean ID,if that is a requirement to have an Eri ID,even though it is a service; but then I would rather expect some charge for processing the ID, not 2% tax for the last 25 years in order to get an Eri ID??
    That will be a minimum of average of $300 per year x 23 years=about $6500-7000.
    I would rather charge $100 per ID and get some $100 million from about 1 Million Diaspora Eritreans. or even just $30 Million form 300,000 Diaspora Eritreans.
    Plus,we can get about $300 Million from 1 Million Diaspora Eritreans by charging $300 per Eri Passport or at least $200 Million form 500,000 Eri Diaspora.
    Then the $200–300 million can build more than :
    -5 Universities
    -10 Community Colleges
    -Hundreds of High schools and Elementary schools
    -More than 5 Regional /Referral Medical Centers.
    The PFDJ Gov should advertise (as a PR Gimmick at least)about the role of the 2% Income like the one I tried above….as there are people or nations(our adversaries and enemies),who think that Eritrea is using that minimum income for “terrorism and Terrorists”.
    After all these/then after, we should just ask for a nominal flat rate of $200(Students and low income Eris)-$500 (high income Eris)per year.
    Charging $100 for an Entry Visa to Eritrea as part of the rehab Tax also is kind of fair and reasonable-as a courtesy.
    Talk about the more than 30 % Federal Tax Enforcement on the US Citizens with an income outside the USA by the USA Gov with a serious consequences if one does not pay it…
    The Philippine Islands survives as a nation by the this kind of Rehab tax/contribution by Philippines working and living abroad…
    Some sort of Bond or Investment should be called up on Eritreans to invest on the Booming Mining besides encouraging to have shares in the NICE(National Insurance Corporation of Eritrea) as things are favoring Eritrea’s Investment….

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