Al Jazeera interviews President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea

Al Jazeera's Jane Dutton conducts a rare interview with Isaisas Afwerki, the president of Eritrea.

Al Jazeera confronted him with the allegations about Eritrea's ties with Iran, Hamas, al Shabab in Somalia and rebel groups in Sudan and Houthis in Yemen.

When asked about Eritrea's relation with Ethiopia today and the border dispute he said: "This border issue war was a senseless conflict instigated by the US.

When asked about Eritrea's relation with Ethiopia today and the border dispute he said: "This border issue war was a senseless conflict instigated by the US.

"It is a cover up for the failures of the misguided policies of the United States in the horn of Africa for the last 20 years. "It is not a problem with Ethiopia we have worked with these people for almost two decades to remove a government in Ethiopia, and we want to see a relationship between Eritrea and Ethiopia based on mutual respect and common interest," he said.

Editors comment:
The despotic leader and president-for-life of Eritrea is cornered by Al Jazeera journalist. He says everything is a joke but from his demeanor and his voice we don't think nothing about what he is asked is funny. Do you think the United Nations, USA, EU, Ethiopia, Sudan, Yemen, Kenya, Somalia and the whole world is lying? Or one dictator is lying to save his neck.