ASMARA (HAN) November 14, 2015. Public Diplomacy & regional Security. A senior Eritrean Government composed of the Foreign Minister, Mr. Saleh Osman, and Mr. Yemane Ghebreab, Head of PFDJ Political Affairs, participated at the Valletta Summit on Migration that was held from 11-12 November this week.
In his address to the Summit, Mr. Saleh Osman stated that the “issue of migration has featured prominently on the joint agenda of Africa and Europe” The Valetta Summit was quite different from previous gatherings “as there is now a palpable sense of urgency and determination both in Africa and Europe, a greater understanding on the pressing need for a genuine partnership to address the vital, complex and multi-faceted challenges of migration”, the Foreign Minister underlined.
Mr. Osman described in greater detail the external push factors that had fueled, in recent years the inordinate and illegal youth migration from Eritrea. This has harmed Eritrea as well as the destination countries, the Foreign Minister emphasized.
Eritrea has made slow but steady progress in health and education and achieved most of the Millennium Development Goals. The prospects for a new phase of sustained economic growth as a result of substantial investments made in the past years on human capital, agriculture and infrastructure, among others, Minister Osman explained.
The Valletta Summit ended with a plan of action and EU pledges of 2.2 billion dollars of development assistance.