EPDP delegation composed of Party Chairman Menghesteab Asmerom and UK Branch Chair Goitom Mebrahtu, met and discussed Eritrean issues on Monday, 23 April 2018, at Whitehall with Mr. Nick Hackett, head of the East Africa Division in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Emphasis was given to the need for UK and international action to find lasting solution to the no-peace-no-war situation between Eritrea and Ethiopia by seizing the new political opportunity opening up in the region.
The delegation explained in great detail the plight of Eritrean refugees scattered all over the globe because of the unbearable situation in their country. In particular, the delegation underlined the urgency of help to thousands of Eritrean asylum seekers still left in limbo in Israel which continually threatens to forcibly send them to any third country or back to Eritrea where they are not welcome.
In the memorandum submitted by the delegation for the attention of UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Her Majesty's Government, the EPDP expressed its strong belief that the UK could "initiative and lead the world community" towards implementing several international decision in regard to the extremely bad situation in Eritrea. The memo, among other things, stated that "the EPDP and the rest of the pro-democracy forces in exile also deserve the attention and support of the UK Government in empowering them towards becoming alternative democratic actors" and build a stable state in post-dictatorship Eritrea.