Asmara, 23 August 2020- The Eritrean community festival in the US that was held from 15 to 22 August under the theme “resilience and Progress” concluded with patriotic zeal.
The festival that was officially opened in Seattle and went for seven days in various cities in the US was virtually conducted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival was featured by more than 32 programs including seminars regarding ‘Geo-Political Situation in the Horn of Africa’, ‘Eritrea’s Role in the Horn of Africa’ ‘National Development Strategy of Eritrea’ ‘All Rounded Effort to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic’, ‘Nurturing the Youth with Eritrean Noble Values”, “Importance and Progress of Public Diplomacy’, ‘Objective Situation in the Homeland’, ‘Recollection of Festivals in the Past 40 Years’ and others.
The seminars were attended by Academicians and Political Analysts from Eritrea, the US, the UK. Sweden, Somalia, Sudan
The festival was highlighted by artistic and cultural performances by Eritrean artists in the US.
The event was observed by nationals in the US and other countries through EriXpress social media.
In his message through zoom video, Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, commending the organizers of the festival and the contribution extended by nationals to the effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the unity and commitment the nationals demonstrated towards their country, said that Eritrea is exerting its level best to combat the spread of the pandemic and so far no death has been registered.
Minister Osman in his message explained Eritrea’s strategy to combat COVID-19 pandemic based on the national strategy program outlined by President Isaias Afwerki in his key note address in connection with the 29th Independence Day Anniversary.
Minister Osman also expressed condolence to the families in the US who lost their loved ones due to COVID-19 and called on the nationals to take utmost care at this crucial time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr. Berhane Gebrehiwet, Charge d’Affairs at The Eritrean Embassy in the US, on his part expressed appreciation for the participation and contribution of nationals for the success of the festival and called for reinforced participation for future similar national programs.