Massawa, 12 February 2011 --
The official commemoration of the 21st anniversary of Operation Fenkil was today conducted in the port city of Massawa in patriotic spirit. The commemoration took place in the presence of President Isaias Afwerki, Ministers, Army commanders, senior government and PFDJ officials, invited guests as well as thousands of nationals. In a speech he delivered on the occasion, President Isaias congratulated the Eritrean people and friends in connection with Operation Fenkil anniversary. He underlined that the annual commemoration of the great event in a colorful manner represents a special moment in which the nation takes due consolation and strength. The President further explained that the port city not only paved the way for total liberation but would also become the hub of investment for national development, as well as regional and international trade and investment.
President Isaias went on to underscore that Fenkil occupies a special place in the history of Eritrean patriotism, and that the nation stands on higher ground for coping with future challenges as it has already acquired valuable experience and capacity. In this connection, he stressed the need for remaining vigilant and reinforce resolve for still more gratifying accomplishments. Also speaking on the occasion, the Administrator of the Northern Red Sea region, Ms. Tsegereda Woldegergish, noted that this year's commemoration is special as it is being held on the 20th anniversary of Independence and the charting of future action programs. She further indicated that the tasks undertaken to promote social justice have borne fruitful outcome.
Likewise, in a speech he delivered on behalf of the regional holidays coordinating committee, the PFDJ Secretary in the region, Mr. Hamid Haji, stated that Operation Fenkil constitutes a historic even that amply demonstrated the heroism and steadfastness of the Eritrean people under the dynamic leadership of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF).
Various artistic and cultural shows were staged at the official commemorative event that transmitted live through ERI-TV and Dimtsi Hafash. Moreover, the signing performance presented by the renowned Sudanese artist, Hamed Areyah, added color to the event.