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US Embassy Strongly Disagrees with Emergency Decree

Addis-Ababa-US-EmbassyFebruary 17, 2018 - The U.S. embassy in Ethiopia released statement saying that it disagreed with Ethiopian government’s decision to impose a state of emergency to calm potential unrest in the country. Ethiopia declared state of emergency yesterday following the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn the day prior.

“We strongly disagree with the Ethiopian government’s decision to impose a state of emergency that includes restrictions on fundamental rights such as assembly and expression,” the US statement said.

“We recognize and share concerns expressed by the government about incident

Hungary Reopens Embassy in Ethiopia

Hungary-reopens-embassyFebruary 8, 2018 - Hungary re-opened its embassy in Ethiopia. It is to be recalled that the Hungarian embassy in Ethiopia was closed in 1992.

During the re-opening ceremony, Hungary's Foreign Affairs and Trade State Secretary Dr. Csaba Balogh said that Ethiopia is a strategic partner to Hungary in maintaining regional security in the Horn Africa, Balogh said, adding that “Ethiopia is an ally in fighting terrorism, people smuggling and illegal arms trade.”

The State Secretary lauded Ethiopia’s effort in hosting more than 1 million refugees by providing shelter, protection, job and training opportunities.

Following US Arms Embargo South Sudan Recalls Ambassador

South-Sudan-recalls-envoyFebruary 5, 2018 - Following U.S government move to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, the eastern African nation today announced that it has recalled its ambassador to US. South Sudanese government also said that the Ambassador is called for consultations, especially in response to Washington's arms restrictions to South Sudan.

The South Sudan Foreign Affairs ministry also confirmed the matter, saying the nation was looking for ways to address the situation without hurting Washington-Juba relations.

South Sudan and the US have been embroiled in a diplomatic row this year after Washington pressured the UN Security Cou

Norway Pledges Technical, Academic Assistance to Ethiopia

Norway-to-assist-EthiopiaJanuary 24, 2018 - Ethiopian foreign minister, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu and his Norwegian counterpart, Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, discussed national, regional and international issues of common interest. Their discussion mainly focused on development process in Ethiopia and ways of facilitating Norwegian technical and academic assistance in a number of sectors, such as education, health, migration, peace and security.

The two sides have also deliberated at length on Ethio-Norwegian development cooperation as well as ways of further facilitating the wider and deeper participation of Norwegian businesses in Ethiopia, especially in the

UN Requests Ethiopia to Free More Prisoners, Loosen Anti-Terror Law

United-Nations-EthiopiaJanuary 19, 2018 - The United Nations (UN) requested the Ethiopian government to review the status of thousands still jailed and to loosen anti-terror laws and curbs on activists and media. The UN also appreciated the Ethiopian government decision to free 115 detainees, including a senior opposition leader

The ruling party, Ethiopian People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), has indicated that cases against some 400 other detainees held at the regional level are being discontinued. The opposition leader’s release coincides with mounting concerns over the long-term stability of one of the fastest growing economies in the region.

Netherlands Expels Eritrean Diplomat

Netherlands-expels-Eritrean-diplomatJanuary 18, 2018 - The Dutch government announced its decision to Expel top Eritrean diplomat, Tekeste Ghebremedhin Zemuy, for enforcing a so-called “diaspora tax”.  Over the years, the Eritrean government has faced a range of criticisms from several western nations because of its controversial diaspora tax program.

Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra stated that the Eritrean top diplomat in the country was warned to end the Eritrean’s government practice of enforcing "diaspora tax" on Eritreans living in the European nation.

"In light of the continuous intimidatio

Greek Coast Guard Seize Ship Destined to Ethiopia

Greece-seizes-ship-to-EthiopiaJanuary 14, 2018 - Greek Coast Guard seized a vessel for allegedly carrying explosives to Libya.The Turkish government also stressed that the ship had permission to transport goods from Turkey to Ethiopia, not to Libya, and that Ankara has been complying scrupulously with United Nations resolutions.

The Turkish government also added that it has  launched the necessary investigation into the report that the Tanzania-flagged cargo vessel Andromeda was seized by the Greek Coast Guard as it was carrying materials used for making explosives from the Mersin and Iskenderun ports of Turkey to Libya.

The investigation into

London Police Arrest Terror Suspect Arriving from Ethiopia

Heathrow-terror-suspectJanuary 12, 2018 - A 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of terror offences at Heathrow Airport. The UK national had arrived on a flight from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts under section 5 of the Terrorist Act 2006. She was taken to a south London police station where she remains in police custody. The Met said that enquiries are ongoing.

The current threat to the UK from international terrorism is "severe". This means that a terrorist attack is "highly likely".A Met statement said: "Our overriding priority is to keep the public safe by workin

Ethiopia, UAE to Sign Overseas Labor Agreement

Ethiopian-FM-UAEJanuary 10, 2018 - Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)  agreed to expedite the signing of overseas labor agreement. "Ethiopia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Workneh Gebeyehu and Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamel, UAE's Minister of Human Resources, have underscored the need to fast-track the signing of labor agreement that was being discussed for over two years," said a statement issued by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

Gebeyehu stressed that the signing of the overseas labor agreement "will create a viable legal framework for protection and safety of workers."

UAE is one of the major Middle Ea

Israeli Company to Invest $500 Million in Ethiopia

Gigawatt-global-EthiopiaJanuary 7, 2018 - An Israeli company, GIGAWATT GLOBAL, announced plans to invest 500 million USD in Ethiopia's renewable energy and human resource development. Josef I. Abramowitz, CEO of the company announced the plan following discussions with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn alongside with the Israeli companies.

The company which is interested to invest in solar and wind power has planned to work with 10 Ethiopian universities.According to him, the project has targeted training hundreds of thousands of engineers in addition to improving power supply.

The company has already concluded agreement with

Ethiopian President to Visit Cuba

Teshome-Mulatu-CubaJanuary 7, 2018 - Ethiopia's president, Mulatu Teshome Wirtu, will start an official visit to Cuba next Monday. The Ethiopian president will hold official talks with Cuban authorities and will carry out other activities, says the press release, posted on the website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

The peoples of the two countries share historic ties of friendship, built during the liberation struggles in Africa. Cuban internationalist soldiers fought alongside Ethiopian troops in the 1970s. In addition, an expression of solidarity and collaboration with that African country is the professional training of several Ethiopian youths in Cuba.

Ethiopia, Qatar Agree to Implement Cooperation Agreements

Qatar-Ethiopia-agreementDecember 31, 2017 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn and General Ghanim Shaheen Al-Ghanam of Qatar held discussion about ways of strengthening security cooperation. During the discussion the Ethiopian  Premier told the visiting delegation that the visit signifies the growing bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

Recalling that both countries had signed a number of cooperation agreements, Hailemariam urged the Qatari delegation to move towards the implementation of the agreements.

Appreciating the earlier decision of Qataris business persons and the government to invest here in Ethiopia, the PM called o

Egypt Committed to Peaceful Negotiations on Ethiopian Dam - Spokesman

Bassam-Rady-EgyptDecember 25, 2017 - Egypt's presidency spokesman, Bassam Rady, stated that Cairo is committed to a peaceful course in negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Despite his seemingly friendly speech, he has also reiterated that Egypt’s supply of Nile water is "a matter of life or death for the country."

"Egypt took a direct path in the negotiations, based on honesty, friendliness and mutual relations. We are still committed to this path," Rady told Ahram's Arabic news website.

The latest tripartite ministerial meeting between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan held in Cairo last November to discuss

EU Concerned by Continued Ethnic Clashes in Ethiopia

European-Union-Concerned-Ethiopia-ViolenceDecember 20, 2017 - The European Union stated that recurring reports of violence in several universities and clashes in different parts of Ethiopia are deeply worrying, in particular as regards their increasingly ethnic nature. This includes the recent incidents in Oromia-Somali regions, causing many casualties and the destruction of properties.

EU'S statement also stressed that it is essential that independent investigations on all acts of violence are conducted. The setting up by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegne of a task force to investigate the most recent killings is a welcome step. All sides, including regiona

Dutch Court Convicts Ethiopian Born Man Over Red Terror Charges

Eshetu-Alemu-convicted-DutchDecember 15, 2017 - Netherlands court convicted a 63-year-old Ethiopian born man of committing war crimes under a brutal Marxist regime in Ethiopia in the 1970s and sentenced him to life imprisonment, a ruling that one victim hailed as delivering justice to survivors.

Eshetu Alemu was not present in The Hague District Court as he was convicted of ordering the murder of 75 political opponents and the arbitrary detention in cruel and degrading conditions of more than 300. He was also found guilty of failing to prevent the torture of six people.

Some experts say 150,000 university students, intellectuals and politicians we

IMF Chief Lagarde Starts Visiting Ethiopia

Lagarde-visiting-EthiopiaDecember 13, 2017 - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, Ms. Christine Lagarde, has started her visit to Ethiopia. During her stay in Ethiopia, the Managing Director will meet with different high-level Ethiopian government officials, including President Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

She is scheduled to deliver speeches at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union (AU) as well as visit the Eastern Industry Zone in Dukem and Hamlin Fistula Hospitals.

According to a statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent to FBC today, Ethiopia joined IMF, an organi

Israeli Cops Caught on Video Abusing Ethiopian Teen

Israel-Police-beat-EthiopianDecember 12, 2017 - Six Israeli police officers are being investigated after a video surfaced in which one of them is seen beating a 16-year-old of Ethiopian origin who was handcuffed to a bench. The officers are also suspected of distributing the video clip among their police co-workers.  The incident occurred in April, when the teen was arrested on suspicion of assault. He was released from prison a few weeks ago after serving a sentence for the offense.

The Justice Ministry’s police conduct investigation unit is looking into the incident. The minor, who was drunk at the time, was handcuffed to a bench at the police station during

IMF Director Visiting Ethiopia

IMF-ChiefDecember 11, 2017 - Ms.Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia next Friday.

It will mark the first visit by the boss of the IMF in the organisation’s 72-year history.

According to Addis Fortune, Lagarde is scheduled to meet Ethiopian authorities, including Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, to possibly discuss the resumption of a program by the IMF.

She is also booked to speak on the impact technology can have in ensuring inclusive growth in Africa, at the UNECA, on Friday morning.

Source: FBC

10,000 Ethiopian Citizens Repatriated from Saudi Arabia

Ten-Thousand-repatriatedDecember 8, 2017 - 10,000 undocumented Ethiopian citizens residing in Saudi Arabia were repatriated from November 15 - December 5, 2017, according to announcement from the Ethiopian government. The Ethiopian government also stated that it is undertaking rehabilitation work for its citizens who returned from the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia back in March had given a 90-day amnesty of undocumented migrants to voluntarily leave, but had extended the amnesty several times since then. More than 70,000 undocumented Ethiopian migrants took advantage of the Saudi amnesty which ended in June to return home.

However, it's estimated several hundred th

Ethiopia Has No Intention to Relocate Embassy to Jerusalem – Ethiopian Government

Ethiopian-Embassy-IsraelDecember 8, 2017 - Ethiopia’s ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson, Meles Alem, stated that Ethiopia has no intention to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, reports Middle East monitor.

Speaking at a press conference, the ministry’s spokesperson, Meles Alem, stressed that US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem applies to “the United States alone”.

“We, as part of the African Union, endorse the two-state solution,” Alem added.

On Wednesday, the US President Donald Trump announced his decision to formally recognize Jerusal

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