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Eritrea determined to recoup, rebuild lost opportunities – Afwerki

Eritrea determined to recoup, rebuild lost opportunities – Afwerki

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<p>Eritrea will seek to move at a fast pace relative to development as it seeks to recoup decades of economic slowdown, its president Isaias Afwerki has said.</p> <p>The president was speaking in an interview with the Chinese global news outlet <span class="caps">CGTN</span> addressing predominantly the economic outlook of the country after normalization of relations with Ethiopia.</p> <p>“We have to recoup lost opportunities, it’s an opportunity lost or opportunity cost of the last twenty years and more, recouping and rebuilding, it’s a dual purpose crossroads to me, we have to recoup what we have lost. </p> <p>“Definitely we need to move faster, we need to move in a better momentum and then we need to re-plan and plan for the future. Lost opportunity for the last twenty years, an opportunity for the coming twenty years,” Afwerki said.</p> <p>Asked about the thaw in relations between Asmara and Addis Ababa since July 9, 2018; Afwerki responded: “We have been in an abnormal situation for so long without any rationale without any justification, we are coming back to normalcy, it’s as simply as that.” </p> <p>The country has in the last few months sorted unfriendly relations with three of its key neighbours – Ethiopia, Somalia and most recently Djibouti. </p> <p>Eritrea had suffered a level of economic isolation over the decades that it held a diplomatic spat with Ethiopia over a border ruling the latter had refused to implement. Under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ethiopia has accepted to implement the ruling.</p> <p>Isaias Afwerki has also held talks with his Somali and South Sudanese counterparts on how to improve upon relations in the hitherto volatile Horn of Africa region.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">CGTN</span> Interviews President Isaias Afwerki on unfolding regional developments: Brief but insightful remarks: Eritrea looks to recoup opportunities lost over past 20 years <a href="https://t.co/jDyLts5rRe">https://t.co/jDyLts5rRe</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/YouTube?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>YouTube</a></p>— Yemane G. Meskel (</code>hawelti) <a href="https://twitter.com/hawelti/status/1038332638589853697?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

We have been in an abnormal situation for so long without any rationale without any justification, we are coming back to normalcy, it's as simply as that.

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