WORLD leaders send congratulatory messages to President Isaias Afwerki and the people of Eritrea in connection with the 24th anniversary of Eritrea’s Independence Day, state media Shabait reports.
So far, the Heads of States of Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, People’s Republic of China, India, Germany, Singapore, Mexico, Israel, Liberia, and the U.S. have sent their best wishes to President Isaias and the people of Eritrea.
In their respective messages, the leaders wished President Isaias good health and peace as well as prosperity to the Eritrean people. They also expressed desire to enhance relations of cooperation with Eritrea for mutual benefit.
King Salman Bin Abdel Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, and the Crown Prince and Deputy Chairman of the country’s Ministerial Council, Mohammed Bin Naif Bin Abdel-Aziz Al-Saud, also wished good health to President Isaias and peace and prosperity for the Eritrean people. They also asserted readiness to strengthen Eritrean-Saudi relations.
Likewise, President Xi Jin Ping of the PRC lauded Eritrea’s development achievements on the basis of self-reliance, and expressed readiness to further enhance the prevailing solid Eritrean-Chinese ties.
Similarly, Presidents Prnab Mukherjee of India, Enrique Penna Nieto of Mexico, Reuven Rivlin of Israel and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia conveyed messages of goodwill to the people and Government of Eritrea.
In the same vein, from the Heads of Organizations, the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Dr. Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma and the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jose Graziano Da Silva, have sent similar messages of congratulations.
Dr. Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma, expressed appreciation for the Eritrean government’s achievement as regards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). She further expressed conviction that Eritrea would continue to work closely with the AU for the attainment of the organization’s objectives.
From a none congratulatory message in 2013 to a more reluctant and kind of an afterthought message in 2014, the United States this time sent a more conciliatory message of congratulations through Secretary John Kerry on behalf of President Obama.
“We commemorate the 24th anniversary since Eritrea’s independence, and your long-fought, heroic struggle for nationhood. On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I wish Eritreans a joyous National Day on May 24th,” reads the press statement from John Kerry posted on the State Department website.
On a similar note, a club of U.S. Mayors continued their customary pride and respect towards the celebration of Eritrean Independence by issuing independence day proclamations and conducting flag hoisting ceremonies in their respective cities.
So far, Mayor of the City of Houston, Annise D. Parker, and Mayor of the City of San Jose, The Honorable Sam Liccardo, together with council member Raul Peralez proclaimed May 24th as Eritrea’s Independence Day.
DC. Mayor, Vincent C. Gray, City of Seattle Mayor McGinn, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and Mayors of Charlotte Anthony R. Foxx, are among the many U.S. city Mayors that never missed the opportunity from issuing a similar decree commending citizens of all background in their respective constituencies to observe and take part in the Eritrean independence festivity.
Happy Independence Day Anniversary to the people and friends of Eritrea!
— Amb. Sophia Tesfamariam (@stesfamariam) May 21, 2015