Ethiopian Foreign Ministry on Eritrea: “We are one people, we are one country.” Does this mean an end to Eritrean independence?

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Statement of Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Dina Mufti, 30 March 2021

“By the way, each and every Eritrean, they won’t be asked, but if they were, they (would admit that they) don’t celebrate the day they separated from Ethiopia.
They don’t like it. The ones (Eritreans) abroad confess it. Ethiopians also have the same feeling.
Let alone with Eritrea, it would be good to become one with the rest of our neighboring countries. The relationship we had with Eritrea is, we are one people, we are one country.
It is the outcome of cold war politics.
It is others who made us fight with each other to sell arms. They did this in the name of (humanitarian) aid to sell arms, to conduct commerce around this area, to benefit from this area (region).
What was said that they are going to unite in a federation – who would dislike it if it were to happen? Let alone with Eritrea, (why not) with Kenya, Sudan, Djibouti and those in the horn of Africa? What is the problem if the countries in the horn become one?
Being large (country) makes one influential over the world. We conduct business together, we strengthen our technology together, we grow together, become wealthy and feed our people. Therefore it is better to see it this way.
When it comes to wishing, let alone through a federation, why shouldn’t this people become one and united?
It would be good to understand it in this manner. There are wishes, good wishes, positive energies, positive visions.
To bring the Ethiopian and Eritrean people slowly into one fold, to connect them together and make their relationship strong. We can use the things they have but what we don’t have, and (they can use) what we have but what they don’t have.
This is what would be good.
That’s what the vision of IGAD is – to bring about economic integration and infrastructural integration and afterwards political integration.
Let alone with Eritrea, integration should be inevitable with Djibouti, Soudan, Kenya and the rest of the countries”.

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