Presidents Vadimir Putin of Russia, Didier Burkhalter of the Swiss Confederation, Nicolas Muduro of Venezuela, Raul Castro of Cuba, Adli Mansur of Egypt, Abdullah Gül of Turkey, François Hollande of France, as well as the Price and Grand Master of Malta, Matthew Festing, have sent messages of congratulations in connection with the 23rd Independence Day anniversary.
Asmara, 26 May 2014 – Presidents Vadimir Putin of Russia, Didier Burkhalter of the Swiss Confederation, Nicolas Muduro of Venezuela, Raul Castro of Cuba, Adli Mansur of Egypt, Abdullah Gül of Turkey, François Hollande of France, as well as the Price and Grand Master of Malta, Matthew Festing, have sent messages of congratulations in connection with the 23rd Independence Day anniversary.
In their messages, the leaders wished good health to President Isaias Afwerki, and peace as well as prosperity to the Eritrean people.
Moreover, Presidents Vadimir Putin and Raul Castro along with the Prince of Malta respectively expressed readiness to foster bilateral ties with Eritrea.
Likewise, President Nicolas Muduro expressed interest to foster bilateral relations between Venezuela and Eritrea on the basis of new partnerships in various sectors.
President Abdullah Gül asserted that he would do his level best for enhancing the relations of partnership between Tuekey and Eritrea which is witnessing visible development from time to time.
Eritrean community members in South Sudan and Israel celebrate Independence Day anniversary with patriotic zeal
Eritrean community members in South Sudan and Israel celebrated the 23rd Independence Day anniversary with patriotic zeal, and reiterated readiness to mount resolve in State affairs.
Asmara, 26 May 2014 Eritrean community members in South Sudan and Israel celebrated the 23rd Independence Day anniversary with patriotic zeal, and reiterated readiness to mount resolve in State affairs.
The events witnessed participation of many community members, besides diplomats and officials of the governments of South Sudan and Israel respectively.
Speaking at the ceremony in South Sudan, Mr. Tekle Gebremeskel, Executive of Embassy Affairs in the Eritrean Embassy in the country, explained that the specialty of the event lies on the fact that anti-Eritrea conspiracies have ended up in fiasco while the nation’s right image and development path became apparent.
Likewise, Mr. Solomon Gebrehiwet, Chairman of the Eritrean community in South Sudan, voiced the nationals’ pledge to sustain participation in State affairs.
Meanwhile, the Eritrean Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Tesfamariam Tekeste, urged the nationals to prove higher organization as well as awareness, and thereby raise input in the nation-building process.
The events witnessed performances by cultural troupes from the Homeland.
The inhabitants of Geleb sub-zone said that they would raise participation in development activities through mobilizing as well as integrating labor and financial resources and in collaboration with members of the People’s Army.
Geleb, 26 May 2014 – The inhabitants of Geleb sub-zone said that they would raise participation in development activities through mobilizing as well as integrating labor and financial resources and in collaboration with members of the People’s Army.
They further indicated that the putting in place of an office of Area administration attests to the vitality of harmonized communal initiative in rural development.
Mr. Ahmed Osman Firuj, Administrator of the sub-zone, explained the vitality of the exemplary communal contribution.
Sheikh Ali Bemnet, Administrator of Geleb area, on his part stated that the accomplishment is a token for the ongoing communal development program involving the People’s Army.
The community members asserted that they would engage in similar undertakings, and launched a fund-raising process to this end.
Eritrean community members in North Germany reiterate readiness to mount stanch resistance against external conspiracies
The Eritrean community members in North Germany have reiterated readiness to mount stanch resistance against external conspiracies on the basis of higher organization and awareness.
Asmara, 26 May 2014 – The Eritrean community members in North Germany have reiterated readiness to mount stanch resistance against external conspiracies on the basis of higher organization and awareness. In Berlin City, the Eritrean Ambassador to Germany, Mr. Petros Tsegai, pointed out that such spirit of societal resolve is being bequeathed as a legacy to generations, and that great accomplishments are being registered in the nation-building process thanks to the steadfastness of the Eritrean people.
Poems were staged in the course of the seminar depicting popular resistance against external conspiracies, popularization of societal values and other important issues.
The community members said that they would strive to portray the nation’s right image.
Radio Erena: May 26, 2014
ብዘይዝኾነ መጽለሊ ኣብ የመን ኣብ ጎደናታት ሰንዓ ኣብ ግዳም ዝነብሩ ዘለዉ ኣስታት 200 ኤርትራውያን፣ ክሳብ እዚ እዋን እዚ ግብራዊ ሓገዝ ከምዘይረኸቡ ሓቢሮም።
እቶም ካብ ዝነበርሉ ግዝያዊ መንበሪ ድሕሪ ምውጽኦም ካብ 29 ሚያዝያ ኣትሒዞም፣ ኣብ ከተማ ሰንዓ ጎደና ጣይዝ ዝብዘይዝኾነ መጽለሊ ዝነብሩ ዘለዉ ቆልዑን ደቂንስትዮን ዝርከብዎም ኤርትራውያን፣ ናብ ላዕለዋይ ኮሚሽን ስደተኛታት ውድብ ሕቡራትን ሃገራት (UNHCR)ን ናብ ካልኦት ኣህጉራውያን ትካላትን ዘቕረብዎ ጥርዓን'ውን ዝኾነ ግብራዊ መልሲ ከምዘይተረኽቦ የመልክቱ።
እቶም ኤርትራውያን ናብ የመን ድሕሪ ምእታዎም UNHCR ንሰለስተ ወርሒ ግዝያዊ መጽለሊ ኣዳልዩሎም እኳ እንተነበረ፣ ካብ መወዳእታ ወርሒ ሚያዝያ ኣትሒዙ ግና ብዘይዝኾነ ቅድመ ሓበሬታ ናብ ጎደናታት ከምዝደርበዮም ይወቕሱ።
Radio Erena: May 26, 2014
ሓደ ካብ ሓለዋን መርመርቲ ኣብያተ ማእሰርትን ስርዓት ደረግ ዝነበረ ከፋለኝ ኣለሙ ወርቁ፣ መንነቱ ሓቢኡ ኣብ ኣመሪካ ክነብር ድሕሪ ምጽናሕ፣ መንነቱ ተቃሊዑ ብዝፈጸሞ ገበናት ን22 ዓመት ክእሰር ቤት ፍርዲ ኣመሪካ ምውሳኑ ምዕከን ዜና ኤቢሲ ኣፍሊጡ።
እቲ ኣብ እዋን ስርዓት ደረግ፣ ኣብ ኣብያተ ማእሰርቲ እሱራት ብምስቓይ ንሓያሎ ድማ ናብ ሞት ዘብጽሐ ኢትዮጵያ፣ ናብ ኣመሪካ ድሕሪ ምእታዉ ስሙን መንነቱን ቀይሩ ዑቕባ ሓቲቱ'ዩ ኣብ ከተማ ደንቨር'ዩ ክነብር ጸኒሑ።
ነቲ ሓደ ካብ ኣረሜን ኣባላት ስርዓት ደርግ ዝነበረን ብፍላይ ድማ ኣብ እዋን ቀይሕ ሽብር ብዙሕ ግፍዕታት ዝፈጸመን ከፋለኝ ኣለሙ ወርቁ፣ ብኣካል ዝፈልጡ ሰባት ስለዘለለዩዎ ኣብ 2011 ናብ ኣመሪካ ኣብ ዝርከብ ቤት ፍርዲ ድሕሪ ዘቕረብሉ ክሲ ተመስሪትሉ።
ጉዳዩ ብምጽራይ ሓቐኛ መንነቱ ስለዝተቓለዐ፣ ፈደራላዊ ቤት ፍርዲ ኣመሪካ ን22 ዓመታት ክእሰር ከምዝበየነሉ፣ ሓደ ካብ ዓበይቲ ማዕከናት ዜና ኣመሪካ ኤቢሲ ሓቢሩ።
Radio Erena: May 26, 2014
ኣብ ጅቡቲ ኣብ ሓደ ሬስቶራትን ዝተፈጸመ ሽበራዊ መጥቃዕቲ፣ ኣብተን ኣብታ ሃገር ወትሃደራዊ መዓስከራት ዘለወን ሃገራት ኤውሮጳን ኣመሪካን ቁጥዐ ፈጢሩ።
በቲ ኣብ ማእከል ከተማ ጅቡቲ ኣብ ዝርከብ ቤት መግቢ ቦምባ ኢድ ብምድርባይ ዝተፈጸመ መጥቃዕቲ፣ ሰለስተ ሰባት ክቕተሉ እንከለዉ ብውሕዱ 15 ድማ ብኸቢድ ቆሲሎም።
እቲ ቤት መግቢ፣ ወትሃደራዊት ሃገራት ኤውሮጳ ዘዘውትርዎ ብምዃኑ፣ መብዛሕቶም ግዳያት እቲ መጥቃዕቲ፣ እቶም ወትሃደራት ከምዝኾኑ'ዩ ዝግለጽ ዘሎ።
Eritrean community members in Khartoum and its environs celebrate Independence Day anniversary in patriotic fervor
Eritrean community members in Khartoum and its environs celebrated on 23 May the 23rd Independence Day anniversary with patriotic fervor.
Asmara, 25 May 2014- Eritrean community members in Khartoum and its environs celebrated on 23 May the 23rd Independence Day anniversary with patriotic fervor.
Speaking on the occasion in which Government officials, representatives of Sudanese parties and associations, Ambassador of different countries as well as a number of Eritrean nationals participated, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, Charge D’Affairs at the Eritrean Embassy, indicated that Eritrea is standing on firm ground foiling the external conspiracies with staunch resistance by its nationals inside the country and abroad.
He further said that the strong relation between Eritrea and the Sudan is based on the interest of the two peoples, and that the existing diplomatic cooperation attests to that end.
Representing the Government of the Sudan, Mr. Ahmed Babkir Nahar, Minister of Transportation, stated that the relation of the two countries has popular foundation, and that has been based on the interest of the two peoples.
The occasion has been highlighted with variety of cultural shows.
The 23rd Independence Day celebrations would continue in the cities of Port Sudan, Gedarif and Kassala in the coming days.
Eritrean community members in Las Vegas, USA, celebrated the 23rd Independence Day anniversary on 21 May under the theme “We Toil Today for a Better Future”.
Asmara, 25 May 2014- Eritrean community members in Las Vegas, USA, celebrated the 23rd Independence Day anniversary on 21 May under the theme “We Toil Today for a Better Future”.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Girmai Issak, Chairman of PFDJ in Las Vegas, said that the external conspiracies waged against the Homeland to deter the development drive in the country have been foiled by the staunch resistance of the Eritrean people, and called for strengthening organization and the staunch resistance.
Mr. Aaron Ford, Senator of Las Vegas District, indicated that he has been impressed to observe the manner in which the Eritrean community members celebrate their Independence Day, and that it would be exemplary to other countries’ community members in the city.
The occasion has been highlighted with different cultural shows presented by members of YPFDJ and Hidri.
Likewise Ms. Caroline Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas, indicated that the Municipality has decided that May 24 to be observed as “Eritrean Day”.
The carnival staged in Keren in connection with the 23rd Independence Day anniversary in which the residents of the city, students and 71 institutions took part has received wide public acclamation.
Keren- The carnival staged in Keren in connection with the 23rd Independence Day anniversary in which the residents of the city, students and 71 institutions took part has received wide public acclamation.
The carnival included artistic works, traditions and mode of life of the different ethnic groups as well as different agricultural and industrial products.
Likewise, different line ministries’ branches also took part in the carnival demonstrating their activities beginning from the days of armed struggle to this date.
The participants and spectators said that the carnival has demonstrated the capacity of performance of the Eritrean people, and commended the lofty participation of public.
The Administration of Sudanese Red Sea region donated on 25 May sports materials to the ministries of Health and Education as well as the Sports Commission.
Asmara- The Administration of Sudanese Red Sea region donated on 25 May sports materials to the ministries of Health and Education as well as the Sports Commission.
During the occasion that took part at the Asmara Palace in the presence of President Isaias Afwerki and Prof. Ibrahim Gandur, Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, and other senior officials of the two countries, it has been indicated that the donation has been the continuation of the cooperation existing between the two countries.
Ms. Askalu Menkorios, Minister of Tourism, point out that cooperation agreements have been signed between Eritrea and the Sudan in the sectors of investment, culture, health, education as well as others, and that the exchange of visits between the two countries on special occasions has been part of the agreements.
Prof. Ibrahim Gandur indicated that they have come to participate in the 23rd Eritrean Independence Day celebrations conveying congratulatory message from President Omar Al-Bashir, President of the Sudan.
Mr. Mohammed Yosuf, Administrator of Kassalla region, on his part appreciating for the warm reception they have been accorded, and expressed conviction that the cooperation that has been existing between the two countries would be strengthened.
During the occasion lunch reception has been organized to the Sudanese delegation at the Asmara Palace.
President Isaias Afewerki’s speech on the occasion of the 23rd Independence day celebrations
Dear Compatriots inside the country and abroad
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me first express my warmest congratulations to the entire people of Eritrea and to our friends and partners on this auspicious occasion of the 23rd anniversary of our liberation and sovereignty. Let me, likewise, express profound gratitude to the HolidaysCoordinating Committee, to members of the Armed Forces,the national associations of students and youth, community organizations, artists and creative personalities, cultural groups and friendly peoples for the inspiring spectacles and shows that they have organized in different parts of our country as well as the world at large to glorify this day.
Special thanks to the guests among us today – Brother Ibrahim Gendur, Brother Mohamed TahirEila, Brother Mohamed Yusuf Adem for their participation on this occasion. I wish to express my profound gratitude and best wishes to them and to the people of the Sudan.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The independence and sovereignty of peoples have their own distinct attributes and peculiarities. In the same token, the independence and sovereignty of the people of Eritrea has its own special flavour and significance. All the peoples of Africa possess their own distinct history, for which they take pride. But all the countries presently recognized as sovereign political entities took shape at the end of the 19th century with the advent and expansion of European colonialism. In this context and for the geo-strategic exigencies of the time, Eritrea was seen as a gateway in the colonial scramble in northeast Africa. Hence it became one of the first countries that were constituted under colonial rule. And thereafter, it underwent through a rapid socio-economic transformation until the eruption of the Second World War in the context of the prevailing schemes of colonial expansion. The history of Eritrean resistance to colonialism within the milieu of this imposed process of transformation is a narrative of civilized heroism that evokes national pride.
The geo-strategic place and importance of Eritrea and its people did not alter after the end of the Second World War in spite of profound changes in the global order. The new global order characterized by the “Cold War” should have recognized the independence and sovereignty of the Eritrean people. But they opted to put Eritrea under “protection” in order to imbue justification and pave the way for the sinister plot that they had in mind. Indeed, this was later revealed in the explicit pronouncement: “that independent Eritrea would not serve our global strategic interests’
In the short period of “British Protection”, even the infrastructure that was essentially built to enhance colonial rule was willfully destroyed. The various political subterfuges that were conceived to obliterate Eritrean national identity are indeed fresh in our collective memories. The resistance that the people of Eritrea waged in those times was, as ever, characterized by inspiring heroism.
The new modus operandi of predatory domination during the era of the “Cold War” was not through direct colonial rule as in the preceding times. This was now carried out through proxies. The US, which was one of the superpowers in that era, thus ensured the annexation of Eritrea through surrogates who were at its beck and call in order to advance its international and regional strategies of dominance and monopoly. The crimes perpetrated to stifle through brute military force the expressed wishes of the Eritrean people for independence by the United States and its regional anchors is too fresh in our memories to merit elaboration. The former Soviet Union too joined the fray and extended succour to the military offensives that were unleashed in the latter decades. The resistance and struggle that the Eritrean people waged during the Cold War, at the time of colonial expansion through local surrogates, was unparalleled constituting the climax of its history of struggle, heroism and national pride.
The independence that the people of Eritrea achieved in 1991and whose 23rdAnniversary we are celebrating today is but the history of the relentless struggle; of challenges and resistance for almost 100 years; against successive colonial rulers and their puppets. That is why the tone and flavour of our independence celebrations assume particular significance and are sources of immense national pride.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In the past 23 years too, and in spite of end of the Cold War andunfolding dynamic global changes, the defunct dream of domination and hegemony of the United States which pretends to be the "sole super power" has not been altered. At a time when the Eritrean people had barely attained respite with the independence of the country and embarked on nation building with earnest, new machinations were woven to foment conflict and crises in order to stifle nascent stability and economic growth and to hold them hostage. As a consequence, "conflict on territorial waters with Yemen", followed by "border conflict in Badme" were set in motion. When these two events were settled through arbitral processes, "the border dispute with Djibouti" was concocted. All these subterfuges did not mollify the appetite of those bent on domination and monopoly. And in order to prevent the Eritrean people from seeking justice and resisting the occupation of its sovereign lands and to silence its voice, a sanctions resolution was passed in 2009 under the umbrella of the UN Security Council. This was another manifestation in the chain of predatory and unwarranted hostility. This is in addition to intense and unremitting acts of subversion comprising of military, political, diplomatic, economic as well as human-trafficking ploys that are accompanied by psychological warfare. The central aim of these concerted hostile acts is to weaken all the endowments of the Eritrean people and vanquish its resistance. But the resistance of the Eritrean people has not succumbed to these machinations in the face of the declared war for almost 20 years now. On the contrary, it has been consolidated and reinforced. Indeed, all these machinations have increasingly been exposed and are dissipating with time. This has, in turn, induced further frustration in the architects of adversity and hostility. The frantic vilification campaigns that are woven daily and the vain sabre rattling epitomize these frustrations. The heroic and emboldening resistance the Eritrea people have carried out in the last twenty years is thus part and parcel of 100 years of history of unparalleled resilience and resolve.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Against this backdrop of the history of resistance of the Eritrean people for liberation, dignity and sovereignty, we have strived, in the past twenty years, to pursue the task of nation building within the desired framework and identified priorities without being derailed or becoming hostage to all the hostilities and provocations and without slacking our efforts for the liberation of our sovereign territories. The real meaning of liberation and independence is its translation to sustainable progress and the improvement in the quality of life and people’s living standards. This can only be secured through relentless developmental endeavours. Hence, the priority of our priorities is to lay robust foundations for the rehabilitation and growth of the devastated economy. This does not, and should not, constitute of white-elephant or pompous projects that are implemented for propaganda or public relation stints. The serious developmental projects and programmes we pursue must ensure sustainable growth. They must be characterized by extensive and equitable spatial outreach; and, uphold citizenship equality rights while not creating imbalances of access and opportunity. The pillars of this developmental drive are agriculture, manufacturing and services. That the progress we have achieved in laying the robust foundations for a sustainable economic order is substantial and that it is growing, sector by sector,with time in terms of quantity, quality and capacity can be gauged easily by the facts on the ground. That its pace and momentum will increase is also evident. Indeed, this is why we are witnessing a surge in frantic hostilities in a futile bid to stem its progress.
The enhancement of human capital is decisive, in addition to other endowments, for ensuring sustainable developmental growth. In this context, it is imperative to strengthen and bolster slackening discipline as well as educational and professional training to ensure the requisite acquisition of knowledge, technical expertise and work experiences. This is an urgent and timely task that requires focussed attention.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Within the framework of our tasks of nation building, the political infrastructure assumes a vital role as a vehicle to advance our overall objectives. We have gleaned important lessons and experiences from the hostile external schemes aimed at derailing our nation-building endeavours and processes. I would thus like to announce on this occasion that a constitution drafting process will be launched in order to chart out the political road map for the future governmental structure.
In conclusion, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the Eritrean people who made independence a reality through relentless struggle, sacrifice, and by overcoming all hurdles; to the people of Eritrea who are now engaged in the nation-building process day and night in a spirit of patriotic devotion to the homeland; including mothers who are immersed in hard developmental work while carrying their infants on their backs,; and to the members of the Defense Forces. May we enjoy a good rainy season!
Glory to our Martyrs!
Victory to the Masses!
24 May 2014
The 23rd Independence Day celebrations in which senior Government and PFDJ officials, Sudanese delegation headed by Mr. Ibrahim Gandur, Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, Ambassadors, diplomats, and invited guests participated, was officially conducted at Asmara Stadium at the national level with patriotic zeal.
Asmara, 24 May 2014- The 23rd Independence Day celebrations in which senior Government and PFDJ officials, Sudanese delegation headed by Mr. Ibrahim Gandur, Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, Ambassadors, diplomats, and invited guests participated, was officially conducted at Asmara Stadium at the national level with patriotic zeal. (For full text of the President’s speech, see Shabait.com/ President Isaias Afewerki’s speech on the occasion of the 23rd Independence Day celebrations)
The Eritrean people yesterday marked the eve of Independence Day anniversary with patriotic zeal with streets dances accompanied amid fireworks.
Asmara, 24 May 2014- The Eritrean people yesterday marked the eve of Independence Day anniversary with patriotic zeal with streets dances accompanied amid fireworks.
The participants at Harnet Avenue in Asmara told Erina that a large number of city residents came out to the street to welcome the 23rd Independence Day anniversary, thus attesting to the honor they attach to independence.
Ms. Saliha Mohammed-Ali, Administrator of Edaga Hamus sub-zone, said that significant activities were conducted ahead in preparation for the Independence Day celebrations, and that demonstrates the readiness of nationals to reinforce participation in national programs.
Mr. Osman Saleh, Chairman of the Eritrean community in Kuwait, on his part said that the 23rd Independence Day anniversary shoulders huge responsibility to the Eritrean people in all aspects of development programs, and particularly called on the youth to live up to expectations.
Eritrean community members in Riyadh and environs celebrate Independence Day celebrations in patriotic fervor
Eritrean community members in Riyadh and its environs celebrated the 23rd Independence Day anniversary with patriotic zeal.
Asmara, 24 May 2014- Eritrean community members in Riyadh and its environs celebrated the 23rd Independence Day anniversary with patriotic zeal.
Speaking on the occasion in which thousands of Eritrean nationals participated, Mr. Mohammed-Omar Mahmoud, Eritrean Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, indicated that the 23rd Independence Day anniversary is being celebrated at a time when the Eritrean people and the Defense Forces foiled the external conspiracies with staunch resistance.
Mr. Girmai Yemane, Chairman of the Eritrean community in Riyadh and its environs, on his part said that thanks to the strong efforts being exerted by the People and Government of Eritrea the country is standing on firm ground, and called on nationals to reinforce participation in national development programs.
The celebration was highlighted by sports activities, cultural shows and others.
On the occasion, the Eritrean International School in Riyadh presented to Ambassador Mohammed-Omar Mamoud the award it received from the Saudi Arabia Education Ministry for standing second in the Arabic language completions among 50 International schools.
Eritrean nationals residing in Washington DC conduct peaceful demonstration in solidarity with Independence Day celebrations inside the country
Eritrean nationals residing in Washington DC, conducted peaceful demonstration on 23 May in solidarity with the 23rd Independence Day celebration in the homeland.
Asmara, 24 May 2014- Eritrean nationals residing in Washington DC, conducted peaceful demonstration on 23 May in solidarity with the 23rd Independence Day celebration in the homeland.
The nationals gathered at the road leading to the Eritrean Embassy in Washington carrying different placards portraying the staunch resistance of the Eritrean people against external conspiracies and the efforts being exerted for the bright future.
Eritrean nationals residing in Washington Dc and its environs were also scheduled to conduct the 23rd Independence Day celebrations to day.