IN a message he sent to President Vladmir Putin of Russia, President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea said “although his country is not a supporter of the Cold War, the fact that the past 25 years witnessed a uni-polar world marred by wars, continued crises and deep sufferings attests to the need for a global change which is more characterized by equal participation.”
The message was delivered by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh through Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.
Foreign Minister Osman is currently in Russia, the second visit in less than six months.
Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Adviser to President Afwerki and Head of Political Affairs at the ruling PFDJ is also part of the delegation.
In the course of their continued meeting, both sides exchanged views as regards implementation of previously reached agreements on partnership, especially in the domains of investment, trade, education, regional affairs and most importantly mining.
Russia’s growing interest to intensify its diplomatic and trade relation with Eritrea would have been driven mainly of the latter’s vast mineral wealth.
Russia being world’s leading Potash producer is expected to invest in one of the world’s shallowest and probably the first open pit deposits that is located in Colluli, inside Eritrea. The deposit is also a few Kilometers north west of the new U.S. AFRICOM Military base in Djibouti.
Despite its ideal strategic location along the Red Sea, the U.S. has no armed forces presence in Eritrea.
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