March 15, 2023

Interview with President Isaias Afwerki – Part I
International Affairs

On February 14 and 18, and on March 4 and 11, the Eritrean media conducted interviews with President Isaias Afwerki, covering international, semi-regional, regional and national issues.

The full text of the interviews follows:
Q. In your interview last year, you had indicated that the TPLF’s reckless adventures had been foiled, even if its Enablers continued to dwell on their subversive campaigns.  As you had predicted, the TPLF unleashed its third offensive (in August last year) during the critical harvest season as it was invariably the case with the two previous offensives.  The TPLF was subsequently compelled to sign the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.  What were the political and military developments that underpinned this event?  What is its likely trajectory in the period ahead?

A. When broaching this subject, the first question that comes to mind is why was war necessary in the first place? And, what was the rationale for launching the third adventurist offensive? It is imperative to examine the…

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