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Newsline: Eritrea summons German ambassador

The Eritrean foreign ministry summoned Germany’s ambassador to its offices earlier this week over DW’s reporting on the country. Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Meskel on Monday claimed that DW — Germany’s state-owned international broadcaster — was engaged in an “unbridled smear campaign” against Eritrea. In its response, the German Foreign Ministry described the broadcaster as “an independent media outlet that works to high journalistic standards.” “Press freedom is a valuable asset and prerequisite for a functioning democracy,” the ministry, which gave no further details about the ambassador’s meeting, said in a statement on Wednesday. (https://www.dw.com/en/eritrea-summons-german-ambassador-over-dw-coverage/a-50955944) DW has not issued a formal response on the matter.

Newsline: Ethiopia reopens embassy in Eritrea amid thaw in ties

Ethiopia has reopened its embassy in Eritrea after a 20-year hiatus, in a further sign of improving relations between the neighbours who signed a peace accord earlier this year. A brief reopening ceremony in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on Thursday was attended by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki and senior officials of both countries, according to state-affiliated Ethiopian Fana Broadcasting. Redwan Hussein was named the new Ethiopian ambassador. Since signing an agreement in Asmara to restore ties on July 9, leaders from both countries have moved swiftly to sweep away two decades of hostility that followed the conflict in 1998. In July, Eritrea reopened its embassy in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and named an ambassador to represent it.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/ethiopia-reopens-embassy-eritrea-thaw-ties-180906082705189.html

Newsline: Ethiopia to reopen embassy in Eritrea

Ethiopia will also reopen its embassy in neighbouring Eritrea at a yet to be announced date, the country’s Minister for Government Communications Affairs, Ahmed Shide, said in a tweet. The Minister cited an official of the foreign affairs ministry as stating that aside the reopening of the embassy in Asmara, Ethiopia was also working to fully implement the terms of a recently signed pece deal between the two nations. Eritrea on Monday opened its embassy in Addis Ababa after the facility was closed down two decades ago when the two countries engaged in a border war that killed thousands. The reopening was witnessed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki.

http://www.africanews.com/2018/07/18/ethiopia-to-reopen-embassy-in-eritrean-capital-asmara/

Newsline: Eritrea to reopen embassy in Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday

Eritrea will reopen its embassy in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday, Ethiopia’s state-affiliated broadcaster said on Friday, before a visit by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki. Fana Broadcasting quoted government spokesman Ahmed Shide as saying the Eritrean Embassy would be operational on Sunday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-eritrea/eritrea-to-reopen-embassy-in-ethiopias-capital-on-sunday-state-affiliated-broadcaster-idUSKBN1K31L7

Newsline: US embassy says gunfire heard in Eritrea’s capital

The U.S. embassy in Eritrea said it had received reports of gunfire in several parts of the capital, Asmara, after protests erupted in one of Africa’s most secretive nations. “The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid the downtown area where protests appear to be more prevalent,” it said in a statement. “Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eritrea-protests/gunfire-heard-in-eritreas-capital-as-protests-break-out-u-s-embassy-says-idUSKBN1D13WG?il=0

Newsline: Ethiopia blames Eritrea for disturbance at embassy in US

The Ethiopian government has pointed its finger at arch enemy Eritrea and Ethiopian opposition groups over a disturbance that took place at the Ethiopian embassy in Washington. Ethiopia’s ambassador to the US, Girma Biru, said around 15 people had been involved in the incident, which occurred at the embassy on Monday. “They first went to the consular service office and rudely demanded to speak to the ambassador. And when the officer told them that they needed an appointment, they insulted him and went out and tried to take down the Ethiopian flag,” he said. US security forces subsequently took members of the group into custody after they refused to leave peacefully. The culprits were detained for an hour, with authorities recording their names and addresses, before they were released. According to the ambassador, no legal demonstration had been planned on the day in question and group members are known to US authorities. He further went onto saying that the culprits were mercenaries of Eritrea and Ethiopia opposition groups who are reportedly upset by the successful outcome of recent discussion between the leaders of Ethiopia and the United States on boosting cooperation in the areas of trade, peacekeeping and fighting terrorism. The ambassador said the attack was as a “desperate act” in response to the growing relationship between the two countries.

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article52626

Newsline: Eritrean Embassy in South Sudan Evacuates Nationals From Warzones

The Eritrean Embassy in the Republic of South Sudan has evacuated nationals from warzones, especially Bentieyu and Bor cities, to Juba in collaboration with the United Nations. The 217 Eritrean nationals, 20 of whom comprising mothers and children, had sought asylum in the compound of the UN office after they were displaced following the outburst of fighting in the country that posed peril on their lives. Currently, they are being taken care in the capital, according to reports. Accordingly, evacuation of the Eritrean nationals from Bentieyu, numbering 165, involved first move to Hilijlij and rental of a charter plane, while two wounded members of the group are receiving medical treatment in Juba city. Reports indicate that 2 Eritrean nationals died and 5 others were wounded in connection with the war in South Sudan.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201312310093.html