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Eritrean delegation in Russia for thorough review of bilateral relations

Eritrean delegation in Russia for thorough review of bilateral relations


A top Eritrean delegation is expected in Russia to hold official talks with Moscow on enhancing ties between the two countries. The diplomatic trip is expected to last from August 20 to September 1.

The trip has been confirmed by Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry and Ethiopia’s Information Minister Yemane Meskel.

Meskel disclosed that the delegation consists of Foreign Affairs minister Osman Saleh and presidential adviser Yemane Ghebreab. The delegation will hold substantive talks with Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in Sochi on Friday.

The two Eritrean officials – Saleh and Ghebreab – have been at the forefront of Eritrea’s diplomatic engagements since the country made peace with neighbouring Ethiopia in July.

They led President Afwerki’s mission to gauge the mood in Addis Ababa after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that the country was ready to accept a border ruling that sparked decades old feud.

Thereon, they have at different times visited Saudi Arabia, returned to Addis Ababa for talks on implementation of peace deal and to Somalia after Asmara reconciled with Mogadishu recently.

The last publicised Russia engagement with Eritrea was when president Afwerki met with a Russian regional governor for bilateral talks in April 2018.

Eritrean information minister confirmed at the time that Governor of Sverklovsk Region of the Russian Federation, Mr E.V. Kuivashev, was in Eritrea on a two-day visit. ‘Met with President Isaias Afwerki and other senior officials to explore prospects for investment in various sectors,’ he added.

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