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Eritrea’s leader urges Russia to play ‘historical role’ – BBC

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki has called on Russia to perform its “historical responsibility” of promoting global peace and justice, the Eritrean Ministry of Information’s website, Shabait, has reported.

Mr Isaias made the comments during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday.

Eritrea and Russia enjoy cordial relations.

Eritrea is one of a few countries to oppose UN resolutions to condemn Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Isaias added that “the unipolar world order”, dominated by the US, had contributed to the “spiral of crises and destruction” around the world.

His four-day visit to Russia came barely a week after a similar visit to China, during which he held talks with President Xi Jinping and other senior government officials.

Eritrea is a one-party state where Mr Isaias has been in power since independence from Ethiopia in 1993.

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has landed in Moscow for a four-day official visit to Russia, at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin.

The foreign and culture ministers are also on the trip, Information Minister Yemane Meskel says on Twitter.

President Isaias was greeted in Moscow by Russia's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Rudenko Andrey Yurevich
President Isaias was greeted in Moscow by Russia’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Rudenko Andrey Yurevich

Eritrea and Russia enjoy cordial relations – and Eritrea is one of the few countries that has voted against UN resolutions condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

President Isaias, who recently returned from an official visit to China, has ruled Eritrea since it won independence from neighbouring Ethiopia in 1993.

The country, a one-party state and a highly militarised society, occupies a strategically important area in the Horn of Africa – and has never held a national election.

Mr Isaias was greeted at the airport on his arrival by Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Mr Yemane tweeted.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is currently on African tour that started in Kenya on Monday, visited Eritrea in January.

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cz4pr2gdgjyt/eritrea

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