1 On the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly, Eritrea‘s high-level delegation led by Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has participated in several high-level meetings and held bilateral talks with delegates from several countries .
2 In the meeting between Minister Osman Saleh and the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Carlos Faria Torsoa, both parties discussed bilateral diplomatic relations, as well as cooperation and solidarity in multilateral forums; both sides also agreed to further deepen their consultations and expand relations.
3 They also reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the Group of Friends in Defense of the UN Charter, of which they are members.
4 Minister Osman Saleh also had an extensive discussion with his Algerian counterpart, Mr. Ramtane Lamamara, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria, focusing on global, continental and regional issues.
5 Both sides, recognizing Africa’s marginalization on the world stage, called for their legitimate position and proper consideration of their voices.
6 Appreciating the similar positions of their countries on most continental, regional and international issues, he recalled the historical, political and cultural ties between the two peoples; and promised to continue their consultations in any of their capitals.
7 In the meeting with Mr. Nikola Selacovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, the two sides discussed bilateral diplomatic relations, cooperation and capacity building opportunities.
8 Minister Nikola Selacovic, for his part, appreciated Eritrea’s principled position on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia.
9 Minister Osman Saleh also met with Mr. Demeke Mokonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and discussed regional dynamics, including mutual challenges and opportunities, and highlighted the consolidation and strengthening of the bilateral relations of the two brother peoples and countries.
10 In the meeting held by Minister Osman Saleh with Mr. Fayssal Mekdad, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic, the historical, political, social and cultural relations of the two brother peoples were reviewed.
11 Mr. Fayssal Mekdad expressed his country’s appreciation for Eritrea’s strong support and solidarity during his country’s difficult times.
12 Minister Osman Saleh also participated in the Ministerial Meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement, the Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations, the Least Developed Countries and the Group of 77 and China, as well as in various meetings of high level and side events including the Transformative Education Summit.