October 26, 2019

President Isaias met and held talks with UN Deputy...

President Isaias met and held talks with UN Deputy G. Secretary

Asmara, 26 October 2019- President Isaias Afwerki met today, at Adi Halo, the joint UN-AU delegation led by Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Amina Mohammed. The delegation is on a two-day visit to Eritrea to highlight “the critical role of women’s meaningful participation in peace, security and development”.

President Isaias underlined that the joint high-level visit was testimony to the deepening of cooperation and engagement between Eritrea and the UN. The President elucidated Eritrea’s experience in the national liberation struggle and subsequent phase of nation-building. Read more

October 25, 2019

Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Statement at...

Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Statement at Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi

Your Excellency President Vladmir Putin,
Your Excellencies Heads of State and Government,
Distinguished Heads of Delegation,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me to join other speakers to express our gratitude to President Putin for the initiative he has taken to host this Summit. Let me also express our best wishes to the people of Russia for greater economic growth and prosperity. We are indeed thankful for the invitation and opportunity accorded to us to express our views on issues of paramount importance to our Continent and its external partners. Read more

October 18, 2019

Activities by Eritrean nationals in Diaspora

Activities by Eritrean nationals in Diaspora

Asmara, 18 October 2019- Eritrean nationals residing in Canada, Italy and South Africa have conducted various activities portraying their attachments with their homeland.

According to report Eritrean nationals in Toronto celebrated the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the National Union of Eritrean Women under the theme “Struggle until Victory”.

Speaking at the occasion, the Eritrean Consul General in Canada, Mr. Ahmed Iman indicating that the Eritrean women have realized their right place through toil and sacrifice, called on all nationals to work for transferring the noble values to the young generation. Read more

October 14, 2019

Mr. Yemane Gebreab delivers message of President...

Mr. Yemane Gebreab delivers message of President Isaias to Sudanese leader

Asmara, 14 October 2019- Presidential Adviser Mr. Yemane Gebreab yesterday 13 October delivered message of President Isaias Afwerki to Let. Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sudan’s Sovereign Council, in Khartoum.

The message of President Isaias focuses on the development of bilateral relation between Eritrea and Sudan as well as the implementation of the joint agreement signed recently between the two countries. Read more

October 11, 2019



Mr. Chairman,
Let me seize this opportunity to congratulate you and the other members of the Bureau on your elections. My delegation wishes to assure you of its full support for a successful session of the Committee.

I would also like to commend the leadership of Under-Secretary Vladimir Voronkov and his team for the excellent work in coordinating UN counter-terrorism related activities since the creation of the Office of Counter-Terrorism.

Allow me to highlight, in a broad brush manner, Eritrea’s perspectives and experiences on this crucial subject.

As you will all agree with me, the scourge of terrorism and extremism has global dimensions and tentacles; is transnational in intent and scope; and continues to grow and proliferate in spite of all the concerted efforts to uproot and eradicate it. In the event, it is important to ponder and assess profoundly, at this juncture, on the tools and methods that have been employed to date to combat this abomination, and, more importantly, to diagnose and fully address the underlying causes that may have contributed to its incubation.

On the first parameter, the absolute urgency of creating robust regional and global mechanisms of coordination; the establishment and consolidation of suitable coalitions that encompass all stakeholder countries is critical. These are broadly speaking, flexible architectures of defense cooperation that can be created to combat specific threats. This means that they will be of limited in geographic and temporal terms. But above and beyond these specific coalitions, the scope of continuous exchange of information, coordination and experiences must be enlarged in terms of participant countries and frequency of interactions.

Eritrea fully subscribes to these policy precepts and approaches. In the new congenial climate of regional cooperation, Eritrea is already pursuing these objectives with added vigor and urgency. Both in bilateral and trilateral Summits that Eritrea has held with its neighbors in the Horn of Africa in the past year, these issues were broached fully with the aim of refining mechanisms for effective cooperation and coordination.

In addressing underlying causes, Eritrea’s two-pronged approach have revolved around the following. First and foremost, Eritrea believes in pursuance of judicious policies of inclusiveness and social justice that do not alienate specific segments of society on the basis of religious creed or ethnic identity. This is crucial especially in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies such as Eritrea.

Secondly, pursuance of purposeful and persistent sensitization programs aimed at potentially susceptible age groups and segments of society in order to counter imported radicalization. In specific terms, the approach includes secularization of education, nurturing of mutual tolerance and co-existence between different faiths, youth programs that counter religious radicalization… etc. within the setting of a fully secular State.

As part of its overall commitment to promote peace and security and to combat terrorism, Eritrea continues to take measures in improving its legislative and law enforcement capacities to prevent and prosecute acts of terrorism in all their manifestations. It has issued a proclamation on “Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism” as well as established a Financial Intelligence Unit to monitor and criminalize financing of terrorism. Last month, Eritrea became an observer member of the Eastern and Southern Anti-Money Laundering Group.

At the operational level, all relevant enforcement bodies are collectively working with the highest vigilance to fight and suppress any threat of terrorism. Primarily, public awareness-raising programs, including at schools, are regularly conducted by the relevant authorities. Eritrea has recently signed a Partnership Framework with UNODC to strengthen the human, infrastructural, technical and technological capacities of the Eritrean law enforcement agencies to combat transnational organized crime, including terrorism. This project aims to enhance the capacities of Eritrea’s justice and law enforcement bodies in detection, prevention, and combating terrorist activities, as well as their capacities for international cooperation.

In this regard, there is a need to scale up the activities of the United Nations in the area of strengthening the capacity of member states to combat terrorism and their obligations under the global, continental and national levels, through the provision of operational and technical support.

In conclusion, Mr. Chair, Eritrea wishes to stress the need to create a narrative of hope as opposed to the narrative of extremism and terrorism. Root causes of terrorism and radicalization such as poverty, social marginalization, and lack of access to resources and sense of injustice must be addressed. We must promote sustainable and inclusive development to effectively combat international terrorism. The challenges of terrorism and extremism cannot be underrated and the need for wide-ranging consultation, both at regional and international levels, remains too palpable to merit further emphasis.

I thank you

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