He was travelling to Asmara to join in the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Kidane Meheret Catholic Church.
According to a BBC Tigrigna report, he was stranded at the Asmara airport for more than 16 hours, before being forced to return to Ethiopia.
According to TesfaNews, Cardinal Berhanyesus had protested against the closure of the Catholic Health facilities in 2018. TesfaNews is reluctant to link the protest to the denial of access that is just what has happened
It is also possible that the denial of entry is linked to statements made in the past during the deportation of Eritreans. According to Azieb Gide Cardinal Berhanyesus had said during a sermon ” ..Ethiopia needs to defend itself from internal enemies”.
Eritrea previously refused to recognise the credentials of Ethiopian ambassador Redwan Hussein. The issue was diplomatically resolved in December 2019 – Eritrea recognized the abassador and soon thereafter the Ethiopian Government reassigned him.
Ambassador Redwan had apparently previously made disparaging remarks about the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice ( PFDJ) .