Eritrea’s prez thanks Kuwait, comments on Iraq, Ethiopia,
KUWAIT, Oct 5 (KUNA) -- President of Eritrea Isaias Afworki commended the
relations, saying that they are based on historic background
back 40 years.
In a press conference held at Bayan Palace Monday, the president said that
has supported Eritrea's right to determine own fate at international
since the beginning of the armed conflict in 1961 up to its
"Kuwait's support has continued at different levels, including
and investment projects," he continued.
He noted that the aim of his visit is "to consolidate strategic relations
effective cooperation between the two sides so as to create a suitable
for investment, development and trade between the two countries."
The Eritrean President went on to say that there are several development
infrastructure projects underway in cooperation with the Kuwait Fund for
Economic Development (KFAED) and others still being studied, as well as
with the Kuwaiti Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Despite the small size of Eritrea and the poverty it suffers, Afworki said
what has been achieved over the last ten years is greater than any
made by other African countries.
"The government is currently seeking to provide the necessary
to create an attracting atmosphere for investors," he said.
The number of KFAED loans to Eritrea number four at a total cost of KD 20.8
as well a grant of KD 298,000.
In response to a question regarding accusations that Eritrea
in the internal affairs of Sudan, Yemen and Ethiopia, and trains
houses insurgents, Afworki said, "These countries must resolve their
affairs without exporting them abroad."
He invited the media, as well as neutral and objective bodies to visit
to see for themselves that it is free from such opposition training
and Israeli bases, adding that "these camps do not exist and we receive
of this information from the media."
He described these accusations as "being a figment of the imagination of
wondering at the same time whether the aim behind them is "to instigate
to cover up issues or to cause confusion?"
Regarding Eritrean-Ethiopian relations, the president said that there are
due to Ethiopia's rejection of the final and committing verdict of
court established to resolve the conflict between the two countries,
that "the issue have been settled."
As for Eritrea's membership in the Arab League, he said that "despite many
as to the Arab League, we have reached a compromise in the form
participating as an observing member," adding that "there is no use
the Arab League at a time when many discontent members are leaving it.
On Iraq, he stressed that "there is no debate over the fact that
the former Iraqi regime was the right step for achieving regional
but what took place following this action is due to miscalculations
lack of understanding as to the Iraqi nature."
Afworki said, in his personal opinion "what is important is correcting the
that have taken place and not whether or not the elections are held
time," adding that "the elections should not be looked at in terms of
as it is a matter of transition for the return of stability to Iraq."
The Eritrean President Isaias Afworki had arrived in Kuwait on Saturday on
four-day visit during which he met with the Representative of His Highness
Amir, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, as
as the Minister of Energy Sheikh Ahmad Fahd Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
He also met with Acting Director-General of KFAED Abdul-Wahab Al-Bader,
Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ali Thnayan Al-Ghanim
the acting chairman of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee MP
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