Canada established diplomatic relations with Eritrea shortly after it gained independence in 1993. In Eritrea, Canada is represented by its Ambassador to Eritrea based in Khartoum, Sudan. Canada also has an honorary consul in Asmara. In Canada, Eritrea is represented by an embassy in Washington D.C. and a consulate in Toronto.
Canada’s interests in Eritrea center on promoting human rights, particularly with regard to respect for democracy and the rule of law, civil liberties, and freedom of the press and association.
In 2018, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Eritrea totalled $954,507, with exports of machinery and specialized instruments to Canada accounting for most of the trade.
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