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ERITREA CELEBRATES WITH UN

Posted by: Yared Tesfay

Date: Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Eritrea Celebrates with UN
24th May 2021, New York
On the occasion of the 30th Independence anniversary of Eritrea, Ambassador Sophia Tesfamariam, Eritrea’s permanent representative to the UN, hosted a virtual meeting of fellow Ambassadors to the UN to mark the occasion.

H.E. Mr Osman Saleh, the Eritrean Foreign Minister, addressed the gathered dignitaries and outlined Eritrea’s response to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. In his briefing the Minster explained that due to the robust measures that Eritrea had taken and the heroic effort of everyone, especially the health care workers, the devastating effect of the pandemic had been contained, with Eritrea registering one of the smallest number of deaths worldwide from the Covid19 pandemic. Minster Osman Saleh before closing his address expressed his profound gratitude to all frontline health workers across the globe that had fought against the Covid-19 pandemic. He in particular wanted to express his personal thanks and that of the Eritrean government and the people of Eritrea to the remarkable efforts made by Eritrea’s health workers to contain the deadly pandemic in the Country.  

A short film about Eritrea’s rich heritage and long journey to nationhood was shown to the participants, who after the film had ended spoke of their admiration for Eritrea.

The Ambassadors expressed their well wishes to the people of Eritrea and its leader President Isaias Afewerki. 
They took the opportunity to express their admiration of the heroism, resilience and determination of the people of Eritrea.

Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed, Cristina Duarte, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa at the Office of African Affairs, Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa Utoikamanu, 
Under-Secretary-General and High Representative UN-OHRLLS, and Ambassador Fatima Kiyari, African Union Observer Mission, attend the event.

H.E. Munir Akram, PR of Pakistan and President of ECOSOC also joined us and joined the other Ambassadors as they conveyed their conveyed their country's message to the Government and people of Eritrea.

 
Eritreans and friends of Eritrea working in the UN system join  the celebrations. 

Mr. Samir Sanbar, the UN Special Envoy for the referendum on Eritrea joined the celebrations in person.

The Ethiopian Ambassador on his part expressed his hope of working together with Eritrea towards a peaceful and prosperous region.

The Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman on their part acknowledged the positive role that Eritrea was playing in the region and stated their willingness and desire to further strengthen their historic ties with Eritrea.

Ambassadors of Egypt, Gabon, Namibia, and Mozambique, as representative of African nations, expressed their solidarity with Eritrea and touched upon the heroic struggle of the people to achieve their independence.

All the speakers acknowledged the good work done by the Eritrean government and the achievements made in the past years. Achievements made even more remarkable when seen in the light of the prevailing hostile attitude towards Eritrea in the past.


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