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Eritrea relegating diplomatic mission in Ethiopia to Charge D’ Affairs 

Benyam Berhe is named as the Charge D’ Affairs of Eritrea in Ethiopia. Relegation of diplomatic mission has triggered speculation about the state of relation between Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afeworki’s administration

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Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed after ending two decades of state of no-peace-no-war relation between the two countries in 2018. (Photo : SM)


Eritrea this week reportedly relegated its diplomatic mission to Ethiopia to the level of charge d’affaires. 

Since a year after Ethiopia and Eritrea ended two decades of no-peace-no-war relation, the Eritrean diplomatic mission in Ethiopia was at the Ambassadorial level. 

Ambassador Semere Russom had been serving as Ambassador to Ethiopia until earlier this month. He was called back to Eritrea on grounds that he had completed his term. 

The new charge d’affaires of Eritrea in Ethiopia is, according to a report by Wazema radio, Benyam Berhe. He is said to have tendered his letter of credence to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia. 

The Ministry has not announced, at this writing, the changes in the Eritrean Diplomatic Mission changes in Ethiopia. 

 Eritrea has not explained why the diplomatic mission was needed to be relegated to the level of charge d’affaires, and Ethiopia did not remark on it too. 

This month Ethiopia appointed Fekadu Beyene as Ethiopian Ambassador to Ethiopia. It is unclear if Ethiopia will reciprocate the Eritrean decision and/or if there is any political meaning in the relations between the two countries. 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s apparent negotiation with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has triggered speculation regarding a possible rift with the Eritrean leadership. 

But there is no clue from both sides to substantiate it. 

Despite rumors, Ethiopians and Eritreans in the Diaspora show strong solidarity to the causes of one another. Last week, just to mention the latest incident, there was a protest in Washington DC against the proposed HR 6600 and Eritreans have attended it in great numbers. 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has lost a significant support base in Ethiopia due to his new rapprochement policy towards the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

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  1. Nobody really cares what the incompetent Abiy, his TPLF masters, OLF militants and the myriads of sycophants that circle around the fool day in day out. The Eritrean and Ethiopian people know very well who TPLF is and the diaspora of the two communities all over the world will continue to do what needs to be done, The treacherous Abiy is currently imploding from inside, burning on the sides, roasting from underneath and TPLF is torching him from the top. We will keep sticking our forks again and again to make sure he is well done before the feast. Hopefully, he will keep moist somehow and do not dry up completely. That will be a tragedy, because our forks will bend, and he just has to be thrown out as nothing but political ash of yesterday.

  2. The downgrading of diplomatic relations is a sign that the warm relationship between the two governments is chilling. Itis clear that Abiy Ahmed is under pressure from multiple sides or actors including the US to distance him self from the isolated government of Isaias Afewerki. The involvement of the Eritrean forces has been a game changer in the TPLF instigated war and helped Abiy Ahmed to retain power. The ambivalent stand of Abiy Ahmed visa vis the TPLF and the fiercely anti-TPLF uncompromising stand of the Eritrean government can be the source of disagreement between the two sides i think.

  3. No need for Embassy representationd any more; not even ‘laptop’ ambassadors. The leaders are only phone calls away, and if necessary can just fly to reach Asmara or Addis Abeba in one hour. So many Eritreans are moving to Ethiopia for visits and/or establish businesses (as in pre-junta days), and likewise from Ethiopia to Eritrea without inhibitions, possibly with the exception of suspected juntas.. The only representations needed under such circumstances are Chargé d’affaires.

  4. Abiy’s sneaky fake personality is costing him huge. He is losing supporters and friends at the speed of light.
    Abiy never learns form his costly mistakes. The is what he never knew “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me, Fool me three times, shame on both of us.”

    Since he came with pre-planned sinister is determined to continue with lie, deceit, massacre Amharas, vandalize and steal their properties and grab Amhara land until his Oromuma irrational and the never will be dream is fulfilled.

    But since the Oromuma crazy and greed filled dream is irrational he is incapable to foresee the rational and the impossible.
    Before he sees Oromuma without Amhara people and Amhara land he will find himself in prison for life!!!

  5. What the fool Abiy does not understand is that the Amhara people, if necessary, can even build a brand new Ethiopia without Oromia.If push comes to shove, that option too can be exercised. Abiy can then with Shiemeles Abdissa, Adanech Abebe, Jawar and cuckoo buddies (none are right in their heads) rule over the imaginary Oromia, realize Oromumma and carry their majority, yeah right, at most 30 million people down the cliff. By the way, Oromos were the ones that historically wiped out many ethnic groups in Ethiopia, including the Dewaro.

  6. Forget tplf. Ethiopian & Eritrean relations remain strong, & the tplf traitors will never reach power in Addis ever again


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