Eritrea Switches AU, UN Ambassadors

Araya Desta (Ambassador) replaced Girma Asmerom (Ambassador), as the new Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the African Union (AU)

and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on Thursday. The outgoing Ambassador Girma, who had held his AU post since 2011, will go to the United States to be Eritrea’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) . Girma served as Eritrea’s ambassador to the US and Canada from 2001 to 2006 before being replaced by Ghirmai Ghebremariam.

Araya presented his letters of credence to Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (Ph.D.), chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) and assured full cooperation of his country, Eritrea, with the common agenda of a prosperous, peaceful and g Africa.

The outgoing ambassador was given a farewell ceremony back in February by the deputy-chairperson of the Commission, Erastus Mwencha.

In 1969, Araya received a diploma in Weather Forecasting from the Stanmore Meteorological Training Centre in London. From 1972 to 1976, he was Head of the Meteorological Application Section of the Ethiopian Meteorological Services in Addis Ababa, and from 1963 to 1972, he served as Weather Forecaster for the Civil Aviation Administration in Asmara.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, in 1980 and a Master’s degree in atmospheric physics at the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1985. Araya worked as a Computer Programmer for the Amoco Canada Petroleum Company in Calgary from 1980 to 1982. Between 1982 and 1991, Araya served on the Board of the Eritrean Relief Association in Khartoum, Sudan. From 1982 to 1993, he was Executive Director and Chair of the Eritrean Relief Association-Canada Board of Directors in Ottawa.

Araya then served as First Secretary and Consul at the Eritrean Consulate in Ottawa, Canada from 1993 to 1994. From 1994 to 2001, he was Minister’s Counselor of Eritrea’s embassy in Beijing, China, while simultaneously serving as a Permanent Representative to the United Nations for his country from 1997 to 2002. He then served as the Eritrean ambassador to the Nordic countries, residing in Stockholm, Sweden from 2002 to 2005.

Source : The Reporter

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