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Russian overseas minister visits Eritrea, an ally in its struggle on Ukraine

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Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Eritrea on Thursday for a shock one-day go to the place he met with each President Isaias Afeworki and Overseas Minister Osman Saleh. 

Eritrea, an authoritarian nation within the Horn of Africa, is one in all simply 5 states that voted in March 2022 towards the UN decision condemning the invasion of Ukraine, together with Russia, Belarus, Syria and North Korea.

In keeping with the Russian state information company TASS Lavrov, who additionally stopped off within the Pink Sea port of Massawa, stated:

“I want to point out the potential of utilizing the logistical potential of the Massawa port and town’s airport. The airport of Massawa appears fascinating from the viewpoint of its transit potentialities. Our companions have an interest within the research, and we’re prepared to assist them.”

The Pink Sea is a slender waterway that can also be strategically vital. At its northern finish is the Suez canal, a possible choke level for cargo ships coming into the Mediterranean from the Indian Ocean.

Afeworki’s regime has dominated the nation, one of the closed on the earth, with an iron fist since its independence from Ethiopia in 1993.

His military can also be accused of quite a few abuses towards the civilian inhabitants within the Tigray area of northern Ethiopia, the place it supported the Ethiopian military towards the Tigrayan rebels in a lethal battle between November 2020 and November 2022.

These troops, current on this area for the reason that starting of the struggle, started to withdraw on the finish of final week, introduced the USA and the Ethiopian authorities.