Germany’s Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Visits Eritrea
Asmara, 15 December 2015 - President Isaias Afwerki received today at State House a senior German delegation led by Dr. Gerd Muller, the Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development.
Both sides discussed in depth the prospects of resuming bilateral ties of cooperation between the two countries.
President Isaias explained in greater detail the policies and programmes that the GOE is pursuing in the political, economic and social tasks and dimensions of nation-building. In this connection, President Isaias expressed Eritrea’s readiness and desire to foster solid ties of partnership with Germany in furthering these objectives.
President Isaias also underlined Eritrea’s readiness to discuss with Germany and other partners its perspectives on political developments including issues of a political democratic order and human rights that are intertwined with the tasks and challenges of nation building.
Both sides exchanged views on broader political developments in Eritrea and the region as a whole.
The senior German delegation inspected new facilities that are under construction at the Orotta National Referral Hospital through bilateral cooperation. Minister Muller was accompanied by Ms. Amna Nurhusein, Eritrea’s Health Minister, during the visit to the hospital premises.
The German delegation visited the Eritrean Institute of Technology at Mai Nefhi. Minister Muller was briefed on the academic programmes of the Institute and had discussions with students there.
The delegation’s one-day working visit was concluded with a public meeting with civil society associations, investors and the youth at the headquarters of the National Confederation of Eritrean workers.
The senior German delegation arrived in Asmara on Monday evening and was received at the airport by Mr. Osman Saleh, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Yemane Ghebreab, Head of Political Affairs of the PFDJ.