Interesting interview in Egypt’s Al Ahram Weekly with Eritrea’s president Isaias Afewerki. On the heels of the Arab Spring, the President of Eritrea shares his views on the source of instability and uprisings in the region, as well as the impending reality of Southern Sudan’s independence.
Twenty years later, Eritrea’s regional foreign policy – as diverse and broad as it is -continues to straddle between rhetoric and principles versus reality and practice.
What is undoubtedly a series of powerful political arguments made by the President, it still lacks the necessary real world examples for greater international support and buy in. The limited information and access for those outside of Eritrean government and state means few will actually see and understand what the President is saying. But maybe the Government of Eritrea isn’t saying any of this to get your support. Shame, no?
Still, fascinating quotes on the Nile River, Sudan, Egypt, Libya, and Somalia. For the full interview, click here.