Eritrean president, President Isaias Afwerki talking about
Ethiopia and East Africa Part-1
Twenty years after the liberation from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Africa’s youngest nation, has emerged as strategically vital to the stability of the region and the wider global agenda. Eritrea is struggling to balance the needs of its people with the perceived threats to the nation.
Al Jazeera’s Jane Dutton conducts a rare interview with Isaisas Afwerki, the president of Eritrea.Al Jazeera confronted him with the allegations about Eritrea’s ties with Iran, Hamas, al Shabab in Somalia and rebel groups in Sudan and Houthis in Yemen.
“This is a deliberate distortion of facts, where is the evidence, these are fabrications, where is your evidence?”, he said.”How possibly could one blame Eritrea for sympathising or supporting one group over another in Somalia we have never done that.” he said.
When asked about Eritrea’s relation with Ethiopia today and the border dispute he said: “This border issue war was a senseless conflict instigated by the US.
“It is a cover up for the failures of the misguided policies of the United States in the horn of Africa for the last 20 years.