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Migrant and Yemen Crises Give Eritrea Routes for Closer Global Engagement

Migrant and Yemen Crisis create engagement opportunity to Eritrea
INSIGHT. A strongly secular government / Engagement extends to a U.N. rights delegation / Minister reveals first U.N. jail visit in years / Eritrea says world has come knocking / Saudi Arabia and UAE using Assab port / Diplomats see new openness / U.N. monitoring group declared no evidence Eritrea backing al Shabaab militants … (Photo: EU – Eritrea signing 200m Euro development package)

By Edmund Blair | for Reuters,

Europe’s migration crisis and the conflict in Yemen have created opportunities for Eritrea to draw closer to the European Union and Gulf Arab states, offering the poor Horn of Africa nation the chance to end isolation it blames on U.N. sanctions.

In Reuters interviews in the capital Asmara, Eritrean government ministers and senior officials outlined deepening ties with Gulf nations and closer relations with the European Union. The foreign minister also revealed that Asmara had allowed a U.N. human rights team to tour a prison for the first time in years. Continue reading Migrant and Yemen Crises Give Eritrea Routes for Closer Global Engagement