Independence Day Celebration at the UN

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Independence Day Celebration at the UN
Independence Day Celebration at the UN

Africa-Press – Eritrea. Asmara, 31 May 2024 – The 33rd Independence Day anniversary was celebrated at the United Nations under the theme “Tastes and Sounds of Eritrea,” reflecting on the journey of unity and progress that has shaped Eritrea’s history. The event was graced by the presence of Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Ms. Christina Duarte, Assistant Secretary-General, representatives from all over the world, and members of the Eritrean community. Ms. Sophia Tesfamariam, Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the United Nations, delivered a speech depicting the significance of the day.

Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered a pre-recorded video message. In his message, Minister Osman said that for decades, Eritrea endured a long and arduous armed struggle against oppression and injustice. It was on 24 May, 1991, that the gallant Eritrean forces achieved a historic victory, marking the end of a bitter chapter in the country’s history and paving the way for a new era of self-determination.

In April 1993, Minister Osman noted, Eritrea proudly held a referendum, a testament to its commitment to democratic principles and the right of people to choose their destiny. With an overwhelming majority of 99.8%, Eritreans unequivocally voted for independence, and Eritrea became the 182nd member of the United Nations.

Minister Osman also highlighted that many representatives at the UN honored Eritrea by attending the commemorative event marking the 30th anniversary of the UN-sponsored referendum in Eritrea, and reaffirmed the bonds of friendship between Eritrea and the global community.

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