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Dutch Action Against Eritrea’s Charge d’Affaires is Unwarranted and Unacceptable

The designation of Eritrea’s Charge d’Affaires as persona non grata constitutes an arbitrary and provocative act that has no consonance with the Vienna Protocol on Diplomatic Relations

Eritrea is considering to take appropriate reciprocal measures against the Dutch government to partially redress the wrong.

BY MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

On Tuesday last week, the Dutch Foreign Ministry expelled Eritrea’s Charge d’Affaires to the country, Mr. Tekeste Ghebremedhin, invoking untenable explanations for its unacceptable act.

The letter that the Minister of Foreign Affairs sent to the Dutch Parliament on the case indeed illustrates the banality of the whole affair. Continue reading Dutch Action Against Eritrea’s Charge d’Affaires is Unwarranted and Unacceptable

Eritrea Tax Collection in Switzerland Legal: Attorney General

THE BURDEN OF PROOF. Swiss Attorney General today closed the criminal investigation against the Eritrean consulate for lack of substantive evidence. It also confirms the tax collection practice is perfectly legal.

By TesfaNews,

The Swiss Attorney General today dropped its criminal investigations into an alleged “illegal” tax collection by the Eritrean consulate in Geneva.

Prosecutors said the consulate could not be charged as the two percent Recovery and Rehabilitation Tax (RRT) that are commonly known as the ‘Diaspora Tax’ are perfectly legal and authorized by the Eritrean state.

The Office of the Attorney General said as neither of the dispensing of payment slips from the consulate nor the accounts opened for tax collection purposes with a Swiss bank or reported evidences that exiled Eritreans have passed as an alleged tax collection evidence represent a probable cause for opening of proceedings. Continue reading Eritrea Tax Collection in Switzerland Legal: Attorney General

Statement of Ambassador Girma Asmerom at the Informal Consultation With the Security Council Sanction Committee

H.E. Ambassador Girma Asmerom, Permanent Representative of Eritrea at the United Nations

By TesfaNews,

ERITREA’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Girma Asmerom, addressed the Security Council Sanctions Committee on October 10th following the release of the 2014 Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) Report.

After thanking the UN Secretariat and the Chairperson of the Committee for providing the opportunity, Ambassador Girma went on to explain the numerous irregularities and groundless allegations that are allowed to be incorporated within the report.

Ambassador Girma also went on challenging the veracity and credibility of the entire report especially after it was discovered that one member of the monitoring group, Mr. Dinesh Mahtani, was caught [later fired] on record openly advocating for regime change in Eritrea.  Continue reading Statement of Ambassador Girma Asmerom at the Informal Consultation With the Security Council Sanction Committee

Eritrea’s Official Response to UN Monitoring Group’s Information Requests on 2% Tax, Mining Revenues and Arms Embargo

The initial and principal accusation concerning Eritrea’s support to Al-Shabaab has long been proven to be non-existent. Therefore, there is no justification for the continuation of sanctions. The attempt by the Monitoring Group to shift the focus from Somalia to Ethiopia and South Sudan based on baseless allegations ONLY to maintain the sanctions is not acceptable.

By TesfaNews,

Despite its continued concern regarding the manner at which the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) is discharging its mandates, for the spirit of cooperation and engagement and in hopes of dispelling the politically motivated lingering misperceptions and assumptions, the Eritrean government once more sees the need to spell out its views on the number of issues the group has raised in the last two meetings.

In its written responses dated 14 July 2014 and 12 August 2014, Eritrea gave detailed explanations on SEMG’s information request on the 2% Recovery and Rehabilitation Tax (RRT), Eritrea’s Mining Revenue and support to South Sudan rebels. Continue reading Eritrea’s Official Response to UN Monitoring Group’s Information Requests on 2% Tax, Mining Revenues and Arms Embargo

Canada Appoints Non-Resident Ambassador to Eritrea

Ambassador Rossetti presenting his credentials to President Afwerki

By TesfaNews,

THE Canadian government this week appointed Mr. Dominique Rossetti, the Chargé d’affaires to Sudan, as its first non-resident ambassador to Eritrea.

Ambassador Rossetti presented his letter of credence to President Isaias Afwerki on Thursday (09).

Prior to Ambassador Dominique Rossetti’s appointment, Canada was represented by an Honorary Consul in Asmara. The Eritrean embassy in Washington DC was responsible for Canada with a consulate in Toronto. Continue reading Canada Appoints Non-Resident Ambassador to Eritrea