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Eritrean envoy recalled to top position at MoFA

Eritrean envoy recalled to top position at MoFA

A month after Redwan Hussien presented his credentials as Ethiopia’s ambassador to Eritrea; he has been recalled and appointed as a State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to sources who spoke to The Reporter and as well as the official twitter account of the ministry.  

With a short lived ambassadorship to Ireland, Redwan also served as a Government Communication Minister and is to replace one-time Ambassador to Japan, Markos Rike (PhD), who had returned to the capital to serve the Government. His appointment comes as a surprise, happening days after the Eritrean President, Isaias Afewerki visited Ethiopia to help kick start the peace engagement started two years ago.

Redwan was appointed to his current position, shortly after the surprise visit by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) to Eritrea, kick starting a long stubborn no-war-no-peace strategy.

The two decade conflict has resulted in the loss of thousands of lives, made many destitute and refugees to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and pushed back the development of both nations.

Redwan hails from the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) where he served as the head of its Education branch. He has also served as an educator and was elected as a Member of Parliament in 2006 and served a single term for the Silt’e district.

For Markos, the 40 year old public servant made headways early-on when he was appointed as Ethiopia’s top diplomat at the age of 32, however, his public endorsement to the recent Sidama referendum was speculated to be one of the factors behind the government’s decision to replace him.