Finland’s Development Minister Heading to Eritrea

Minister Pekka Haavisto  to pay a short visit to Asmara
Minister Pekka Haavisto to pay a short visit to Asmara

By Finland Foreign Affairs,

Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto will visit Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, on 9–10 January.

During his visit, the Minister will get acquainted with the humanitarian situation of Eritrea and the problems caused by the present state of Eritrea, the refugee problem in particular. At the same time, Finland will encourage Eritrea to increase its international interaction and enhance its dialogue with the EU.

During his visit, Minister Haavisto will meet President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki and Minister of Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh Mohammed as well as representatives of the international community operating in the country, such as the UN and the EU.

Finland participates in the efforts to enhance the humanitarian situation of Eritrea chiefly through general assistance for the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR and the humanitarian aid donated to the Horn of Africa region.
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UPDATE:

South African Ambassador to Eritrea Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay has just posted the following message on his Facebook page regarding the said visit by Finnish Minister of Development to Asmara.

“Finnish Development Minister, Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s Ambassador to Kenya, visits Asmara to explore development projects. A useful meeting of minds at the South African Embassy in Asmara this morning.”

Ambassador Iqbal Jhazbhay, Finish Development Minister, Pekka Haavisto and Finish Ambassadorto Kenya in Asmara
Ambassador Iqbal Jhazbhay, Finnish Development Minister, Pekka Haavisto and Finish Ambassador to Kenya, all at the South African Embassy in Asmara (09 Jan 2014)

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19 thoughts on “Finland’s Development Minister Heading to Eritrea

  1. Mr Pekk Havvisto is, a finish minister for the Department of International Development. And the job of a Minister for international development is ' to promoting development overseas, particularly in developing countries'.

    So I wounder what does his role as Min for ID got to do with refugges?

  2. So basically he is an E.U. agent disguised as a UNHCR which is a U.S. agent, so why is this an exciting news? I mean these people see white as black and good as bad and wrong as good and war as peace, Great-Eritreans don't trust them just because they have a white skin , their hearts are black (Their mission is: THE: RECOLONIZATION OF AFRICA. GREAT-ERITREANS AND AFRICANS IN GENERAL DON'T YOU SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING TO AFRICA ON A DAILY BASIS. THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY IS DYING SO THEY ARE RETURING BACK TO AFRICA THROUGH THEIR BLACK PUPPETS. HELLOOOO, GREAT-ERITREANS WAKE UP PLEASE.!!!!!!!!!!

  3. “… Specifically, Cohen suggests that a European member [state] should propose the repeal of UNSC 1907, and the United States should agree to abstain.”

    Is Finland playing that European country? Is there any stick to the carrot? We’ll see how the visit will unfold.

    1. TesfaNews,

      I must say your suggestion is quiet plausible. And how interesting the meeting would be attended by PIA and more interestingly Minister of Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh Mohammed. This to me implies a more heavy weight agenda than stated here.

      And Finland wants to encourage ''Eritrea to increase its international interaction and enhance its dialogue with the EU''? How interesting for a country which thus far has been the most passive in Eritrean affairs should take the initiative for such a precarious undertakings. One could speculate, this precise neutrality would make it the WEST/EU choice of 'bridgemaker' between itself and Eritrea.

      We shall watch developments with interest.

      1. Poli-speak. I don´t know if there is such a word but the quote should be read: "the Eu is willing to increase its interaction and enhance its dialogue with Eritrea". That´s the reason he´s coming to Eritrea after all, isn´t it? but since they´re the rich and the arrogant, they can´t openly say so, lest they be recognized as the losers. Eritrea by truth and mountainous patience is making them all go on their knees.

  4. TEDDY SHIDA: NOT (SHEDA)
    HOW IS HIS CONNECTION WITH THE E.U. WILL EVER BE BENEFICIAL? ARE SERIOUS. WHAT HAS EUROPE EVER DO FOR ERITREA? NOTHING. SO WHY ARE YOU EVEN EXPECTING SOMETHING MIRACULOUS TO COME OUT FROM AN AGENT. AB SEMAY ZELO DEBENA. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. THAT IS THE TRUE ERITREAN WAY INCASE YOU FORGOT SIR

  5. During his visit, the Minister will get acquainted with the humanitarian situation of Eritrea and the problems caused by the present state of Eritrea, the refugee problem in particular. At the same time, Finland will encourage Eritrea to increase its international interaction and enhance its dialogue with the EU.

    The above paragraph sounds negative to me,

  6. In my view I don't see it negatively. It is good that they go and see what is going on in Eritrea on the ground in first hand. With all the small resources and sanctions the country is moving unlike the neighbours. The refugee issues too can be discussed closely. All the so called human rights advocates are nugging and reporting to EU countries to act against GOA. Specially after the Lampedusa incident. So this Min let him discuss and am sure he will give his feed back to other member countries. May be through the EU as Amb. Cohen said in his article bring Eritrea closer and into the picture again instead of being ignored. And hopefully things will start to move for the better of our country and our people. And of course the refugee issue will not find and ears in the west."ne bene ne male". At the moment they don't even know how much effort is doing the GOA in development , education and health. This are the basic issues for a country to move higher and grow.
    This is my point of view. I hope 2014 will bring us Selam and Prosperity to our Country which deserves it.

  7. Pekka Haavisto was also a Finland's Special Representative to African (Sudan and the Horn of Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia) …crisis areas in 2009 not sure if he still holds the office the rest time will tell us about his visit to Eritrea.

  8. South African Ambassador to Eritrea, Prof. Iqbal Jhazbhay just posted the following on his Facebook page:

    “Finish Development Minister, Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s Ambassador to Kenya, visits Asmara to explore development projects. A useful meeting of minds at the South African Embassy in Asmara this morning.”

    (See picture of their meeting above in the article)

  9. May God Save eri from the curse could come out of such meetings,Pls my people don’t expect much from such things, don’t forget what they put first when they came to us,and in my understanding he comes for two things to see and read all the current situations(Politically,socially, economically…) and what possible benefits could be gained by exploiting them, and don’t forget this time PIA could be loyal to such missinaries. This is my idea.

  10. ..
    President holds talk with Finnish delegation

    Asmara, 10 January 2014 – President Isaias Afwerki today received and held talks with a Finnish delegation headed by Mr. Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s Minister of International Cooperation.

    In the course of the meeting at Denden Hall here in the capital, the two sides exchanged views on ways and means of enhancing relations of partnership between Eritrea and Finland, particularly in the domains of education, health and other spheres. To this end, they reached understanding to exert sustained effort.

    As regards regional affairs, especially the current developments in South Sudan, President Isaias stressed the need to exert all possible support towards enabling that country overcome the prevailing crisis.

    In the course of its two-day stay, the Finnish delegation would conduct discussion with a number of Eritrean government officials.

    [youtube UinGmWmynGc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UinGmWmynGc youtube]

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