Bilateral ties, regional issues as Eritrea pres. meets top U.S. envoy

Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki on Tuesday met with a United States delegation that arrived for a rare visit to Asmara last Sunday.

According to Information minister Yemane Ghebre Meskel, among other issues, the two parties discussed bilateral ties and regional issues as part of the meeting. No further details were released.

The U.S. delegation was led by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, Ambassador  Donald Y. Yamamoto. The diplomat is on a three-day visit to Asmara. He is also expected to meet workers of the U.S. embassy there.

From Eritrea, he is expected next in Djibouti and then later on to Ethiopia, the last leg of his three-nation East African tour.

Both Djibouti and Ethiopia hosted the former U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson during his tour of Africa earlier this year.

Ethiopia has strained relations with the U.S. who have backed a United Nations arms embargo claiming Asmara supported Somalia’s al-Qaeda linked insurgents, Al-Shabaab. Asmara has denied the claims.

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