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Eritrea Slams ‘Economic Sabotage’ as Country Marks Anniversary

Eritrea’s president criticized what he said were international campaigns to undermine the country’s economy, as the Horn of Africa nation marked 25 years since the end of the war that led to its independence.

President Isaias Afwerki described human-trafficking as a tool “employed to disperse and weaken Eritrea’s human capital” and said the flow of people was encouraged by a Western policy of granting them asylum status, according to the transcript of his speech published on the Information Ministry’s website. The United Nations has estimated that as many as 5,000 people flee the country every month, citing rights violations as the main cause.