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UN delegation held meeting with Foreign Minister and Presidential Advisor

Post by Zmeselo » 28 Jan 2022, 15:21



UN delegation held meeting with Foreign Minister and Presidential Advisor

https://shabait.com/2022/01/28/un-deleg ... aPtrevails

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Asmara, 27 January 2022- The Regional Directors and other senior United Nations officials in Africa that are on a five-day working visit in Eritrea met and held talks today, 28 January with Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Presidential Advisor Mr. Yemane Gebreab focusing on bilateral relations and mutual cooperation in identified sectors as well as on regional developments.



In the meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Osman Saleh, gave extensive briefing on the progress and future prospect of the relationship between Eritrea and the United Nations, the effort Eritrea has been exerting in respecting human rights since the armed struggle for independence and the campaign that has been waged to demonize the image of the country.



At a separate meeting with the UN delegation, Presidential Advisor Mr. Yemane Gebreab underlined that the UN is not working incongruent with its founding principles, its structure is not in conformity with the objective world situation and especially not serving the developing countries and that Eritrea as a country that believes in change will tirelessly work for the transformation of the UN.



Regarding the initiative of regional peace and cooperation that is facing multiple challenges; Mr. Yemane expressed Eritrea’s readiness to relentlessly work for peace and mutual cooperation.




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Re: UN delegation held meeting with Foreign Minister and Presidential Advisor

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Regional Directors & other UN officials in Africa, currently on a five-days working visit to Eritrea, paid a courtesy- visit @MoJ_Eritrea on January 27, 2022 & held discussions with Fawzia Hashim, Minister of Justice of the State of Eritrea, focusing on sectoral development policies & programmes.

Objective of the meeting was identifying priorities, strengthening mutual cooperation & partnership in accordance with the 5-year Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework jointly launched by the Eritrean Government & the UN agencies on 25th January in Asmara.

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Re: UN delegation held meeting with Foreign Minister and Presidential Advisor

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Re: UN delegation held meeting with Foreign Minister and Presidential Advisor

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Eritrea Versus AFRICOM: Defending Sovereignty in the Face of Imperialist Aggression

Dina M. Asfaha, Tunde Osazua

https://www.blackagendareport.com/eritr ... aggression

01 Dec 2021



The rapid expansion of AFRICOM on the African continent should be a cause for concern, as African nations are quickly surrendering their sovereignty to the US. As the only country without a relationship to AFRICOM, Eritrea bears the brunt of US vilification. We must salute, Eritrea’s ongoing project of national liberation.

The U.S. has built military-to-military relations with 53 out of the 54 African countries that include agreements to cede operational command to AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command. The broad network of AFRICOM military bases, as well as those from France and other world powers, are examples of how African states are surrendering their sovereignty https://blackagendareport.com/defending ... ican-union through neocolonial relationships with Western countries. African self-determination and national sovereignty are impossible as long as the U.S. and its European allies are allowed to use military power to control African land, labor, and resources.

A major component of AFRICOM’s activities includes the indoctrination of African security forces through military training, including through the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance Program (ACOTA) https://dscu.mil/Pubs/Indexes/Vol%2030_ ... ffairs.pdf (formerly the African Crisis Response Initiative) (ACRI) https://clintonwhitehouse4.archives.gov ... 20179.html ), Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), https://www.dsca.mil/international-mili ... ining-imet International Military Training and Education (IMET) https://www.dsca.mil/international-mili ... ining-imet Program, and the numerous military exercises carried out by AFRICOM forces, including African Lion, https://www.africom.mil/what-we-do/exer ... rican-lion Cutlass Express, https://www.africom.mil/what-we-do/exer ... ss-express Phoenix Express, Obangame Express, https://www.africom.mil/article/33655/o ... ad-the-way and Flintlock, https://www.africom.mil/what-we-do/exercises/flintlock among many other exercises, which have included participation from almost every African country. As Netfa Freeman pointed out in a recent article, https://blackagendareport.com/index.php ... or-africom
an indoctrination about the inherent goodness of the U.S.-European role in Africa accompanies this military training with blindspots about the true legacy of colonialism.
The U.S. military uses the myriad security challenges facing the African continent as an important justification for AFRICOM’s existence, and the most prominent of these justifications is the threat that the U.S.-led “war on terror” is seemingly addressing. However, these security challenges and terror threats https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-fr ... in-africa/ are actually driven in large part by the presence of foreign militaries on the continent. Before September 11, 2001, Africa seemed to be free of transnational terror threats . Since then, U.S. military efforts on the continent have grown in every conceivable way, from funding and boots on the ground to missions and outposts, while at the same time the number of transnational “terror” groups has increased in linear fashion. https://theintercept.com/2015/11/20/in- ... idden-war/ Despite this increase, extremist groups are active in less than 10 https://www.pambazuka.org/governance/be ... ism-africa of the 54 countries in Africa. Justifications for AFRICOM’s presence on the continent, such as the rise of terrorist groups, ignore that the Pentagon and the CIA have recruited and trained https://blackagendareport.com/content/m ... ror-africa extremists to fight as their proxies on many occasions.

It is clear, that the African heads of state with working relationships with AFRICOM are surrendering their sovereignty and inviting a destabilizing presence.

Eritrea is the only country on the African continent, without US military relations. In 1977, the last Americans at Kagnew Station, the U.S. military station in present-day Asmara, Eritrea, officially left the US’s listening post in the region. Kagnew was initially acquired through a deal with the Ethiopian government in 1943, an important geostrategic location for the US Navy during the Cold War. At the time, the Eritrean Armed Struggle for Independence against imperial Ethiopia (1961-1991) was ongoing; it was fear of heightened violence and warfare in Eritrea that led to the US’s ultimate and official withdrawal from Asmara and its closure of Kagnew in 1975.

This history is important in understanding the West’s contemporary vilification of Eritrea, as it is the only country on the African continent without a relationship with AFRICOM. We can’t and shouldn’t ignore the significance of this vilification as it relates to any African country’s sovereignty and the refusal to govern, based on directives from the United Nations (or its allied entities). Eritrea’s defense forces are not only organized but soldiers’ military training, skills, and expertise do not come from France, the United States or any other major Western power. This is a notable difference, from other African countries. Even the African Union’s standing army, the African Standby Forces, operates according to the UN’s notion of peacekeeping. https://web.archive.org/web/20110606040 ... mmands.pdf



Today, a focal point of critique when it comes to Eritrea is its national service program (Sawa), which high school students complete in their final year (12th grade). In its conception in 1994, national service was supposed to be for a limited time period. However, conditions in Eritrea changed when the former political party of Ethiopia, the TPLF, an organization that initially claimed anti-imperialist aims, https://www.marxists.org/history/erol/e ... f-tplf.pdf became a client to US interests in the Horn of Africa. This led to a border conflict and warfare, from 1998 - 2000, which ended the period of peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia after formal Eritrean independence in 1991. Post-war, Eritrea was in a no war-no peace situation, whereby the specter of territorial infringement was a real possibility in a TPLF-led Ethiopia that consistently preached a vision of an Abay Tigray (Tigrinya for “large Tigray”) -- a dream to expand into and occupy Eritrea, making it a Tigrinya ethno-state. For many, national service in Eritrea is ongoing.

National service is not a totally uncommon feature of modern day nation-states; countries from South Korea to Israel have national service, which include a military training component. But these countries are seldom critiqued, for requiring military service of their citizens. The origin of Eritrea’s national service program, “Sawa,” in 1994 came from a need to give youth work post-war. Decades of colonialism and war left a nascent Eritrean society with purposefully destroyed infrastructures, https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/aet ... /view/1478 in an effort to de-skill Eritreans both technically and militarily. We can tie this to the US’s goal of
policy [and] security interests in Eritrea
https://history.state.gov/historicaldoc ... 51v05/d701 when it sponsored the UN resolution to federate Eritrea with Ethiopia in 1952, setting off Haile Selassie’s imperial expansionist project in the Horn. These historical-political events are germane to understanding what it means for an African country like Eritrea, whose policies largely focus on developing human capital and capacity and protecting national sovereignty and which chooses not to have US-European military relations.

It is helpful and interesting, then, to link Max Weber’s theory of states (and sovereignty), in which he posits that one feature of a legitimate state is a standing army, with how Jemima Pierre https://www.academia.edu/8569327/Race_i ... Commentary theorizes the manifestation of white supremacy and racism in Africa. What does it mean for African people, to be organized and possess the military capabilities to defend themselves and their nation? We must eradicate the legacies of imperialism enacted through mechanisms like AFRICOM, which often manifest in unfounded accusations about terrorism https://www.securitycouncilreport.org/a ... 17_925.pdf and the levying of unjust sanctions. https://undocs.org/S/RES/1907(2009) And, we must salute and support Eritrea’s project of national liberation.

Dina M. Asfaha is completing her doctorate in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on medical practices and mutual aid pioneered in the Nakfa trenches of Eritrea during Eritrea’s liberation struggle against imperial Ethiopia (1961-1991), and how these social practices continue to inform the contemporary framework of Eritrean sovereignty.

Tunde Osazua is a member of the Africa Team of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) and the coordinator of BAP’s U.S. Out of Africa Network, which is the organizing arm of the U.S. Out of Africa: Shut Down AFRICOM campaign.

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Re: UN delegation held meeting with Foreign Minister and Presidential Advisor

Post by Jaegol » 28 Jan 2022, 22:25

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