Asmara, 17 November 2014 – A UN delegation headed by Ms. Leila Pakkala, UNICEF Regional Director and Eritrea Focal Point, UNDG-East and Southern Africa, and another Mr. Ashraf El Nour, International Organization for Migration, Regional Director for East and the Horn of Africa, here on a working visit held meetings with a number of Eritrean officials.
In the course of a meeting with Foreign Minister Osman Saleh today, the group received briefings on the objective situation in Eritrea. Mr. Osman Saleh informed delegation that Eritrea had put up effective staunch resistance against external conspiracies. Still, the UN needs to live up to its responsibility of ensuring the implementation of the final and binding resolution of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission’s ruling on Border Delimitation, Foreign Minister Osman underscored.
Similarly, Dr. Gergis Teklemichael, Minister of National Development, explained to the group Eritrea’s development achievements in the wake of liberation and that the nation attaches vital significance to collaboration on the part of partners to this end.
In the same vein, the delegation received briefings by Ms. Amina Nur-husein, Minister of Health, and Mr. Kahsai Gebrehiwet, Minister of Labor and Human Welfare, on the progress in both sectors, in addition to prospects of cooperation thereof.
Moreover, the delegation received briefings by Mr. Tesfai Gebreselasie, Minister of Land, Water and Environment, regarding the nation’s polices pertaining to environmental conservation and land management. Besides, Mr. Tesfai and the UN group discussed possible cooperation on combating desertification.
Sill more, the delegation held discussion with Finance Minister Berhane Habtemariam.
Also in a meeting on Sunday at Asmara Palace Hotel with Mr. Yemane Gebremeskel, Director of the President’s Office, discussions were conducted on Eritrea’s development programs and achievements, as well as possible enhancement of cooperation in this domain.
Also in meetings with heads of both the NUEYS and the NUEW, the delegation was briefed on the objectives and achievements of the Unions, in addition to discussing possible partnership cooperation with them.
In another respect, the UN delegation today observed UN-assisted development projects in the villages of Lamza, Merhano and Adi-Ke in the Central region, during which it received briefings by experts.