Ambassador Girma Asmerom Tesfay with Ban Ki- Moon at the UN. Ambassador Girma Asmerom Tesfay with Ban Ki- Moon at the UN.

Eritrea’s Ambassador to UN Girma Asmerom Tesfay passes away

Ambassador Girma Asmerom Tesfay, The Permanent Representative of the State of Eritrea to the United Nations, has passed away (1949-2016). The late Ambassador previously served as the Ambassador of Eritrea to the European Union and the African Union.

The former freedom fighter held positions as Director General of the Americas and International Organizations at Eritrea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Asmara from 2006 to 2007, Ambassador to the United States and Canada between 2001 and 2006, and as Ambassador to South Africa from 1999 to 2001, with non-resident accreditation to Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and Madagascar.

Between 1997 and 1999, he was Ambassador to Ethiopia, the Organization of African Unity and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

He also held several positions within the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Information and Culture between 1991 and 1996.

Mr. Girma Asmerom Tesfay held a Master of Arts in international relations from the American University School of International Service, and a Bachelor of Arts in government from Bowdoin College, both in the United States.

Eritrea’s Minister of Information, Yemane G. Meskel, said about the late Ambassador; “Ambassador Girma was a devoted freedom fighter, workaholic, seasoned and polished diplomat. His untimely death is a big loss to the nation”.

Eritrea joined the United Nations in 1993, as a full-fledged member, soon after it has achieved its independence through 30 years of liberation struggle and a UN supervised referendum.

By Editorial Team

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