Ijourneyed to the U.S Capital yesterday to talk about Eritrea. No one paid me to go. No one asked me to go. I went because my heart told me to speak up for Eritrea. It was not one of the easiest trips I have made. It required going through security checkpoints and navigating subway transit stations. I was grateful to have an audience with a legislative aide to one of the U.S. Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee.
My message was this:
I am saddened that my great country and the U.S. State Department is reticent to join the growing global community that is normalizing relationships with Eritrea. Eritrea has its faults. There are important challenges and changes that it must face. There are doubtless mistakes that have been made and injustices that have been done. Just as there are here and in every nation. The global community supports justice and peaceful resolution of conflicts through dialogue and engagement and not through isolation and self-righteous blaming.Continue reading My Journey to Capitol Hill→
NO one blows hot air like TPLF does because it mistakes its master’s power for its own. Weyane may be feeling a bit more desperate these days because not only did its go-for-broke “Greater Tigray” strategy go bust, it is now coming up on its 24th year of minority rule of the Ethiopian State.
After IGAD thrown its full support behind President Salva Kiir, Ex-VP Reik Machar today said, “There’s never been a one sided approach to a ceasefire. Unless the mediators don’t really mean to bring an issue to an end.“
Eritrea’s Foreign Minister, H.E. Osman Saleh disclosed that his country politely declined Ethiopia’s latest ploy to seduce Eritrea into negotiation with a 250MW free electric power offer.
In a seminar he conducted last week at the annual festival of Eritrean community members in London, Minister Saleh explained that Ethiopia tried very hard to sell the proposal through Russia, Qatar and Turkey.