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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

South Sudan Opposition Groups Walk Out of Addis Ababa Talks

South-Sudan-opposition-quit-talksFebruary 14, 2018 - South Sudanese opposition groups at the ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa walked out of the talks with the government delegation in protest.

"It was no longer tenable for them to participate in the talks while government troops attack rebel defensive positions in Nasser," said Emmanuel Aban, spokesman of the opposition group led by Lam Akol.

The South Sudanese opposition official further said they would present a letter of protest to the mediation team before they could resume the talks.Aban pointed out all the opposition groups walked out of the talks in protest against attacks on SPLA-IO posit

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

High Level Forum on South Sudan Commences in Ethiopia

Forum-South-SudanFebruary 3, 2018 - The second round of the High Level Revitalization Forum on South Sudan commenced in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first round of the High Level Revitalization Forum held for four days in December 2017 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa was successful.

This latest round of peace negotiation will deliberate on various key agendas, which include among others; government structure and administration, permanent ceasefire, peace during transition period.

Moreover, representatives from religious institutions and the private sector will attend the meeting, according to Office of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Forei

Egyptian President Announces Agreement with Ethiopia and Sudan

Al-Sisi-Ethiopia-DamFebruary 1, 2018 - Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that the three countries seem to finally have reached a framework to solve disputes over the grand Ethiopian dam. In a press conference held by Sisi he declared, “be very reassured… we [the three countries] have met and no one will be harmed.”

The decision comes based on the agreement the three countries called the Declaration of Principles, which was signed in Khartoum in 2015. The countries also agreed on the no-harm principle when it comes to the three countries’ interests.

Sisi continued to stress the importance of cooperation, saying

African Union Warns South Sudan Warring Sides

AU-warns-South-SudanJanuary 30, 2018 - The African Union (AU) stated that South Sudanese warring sides responsible for prolonging conflicts must be punished.  The union also threatened to impose sanctions on leaders who violate ceasefires. "We need to act against those who, with impunity, are continuing to massacre their peaceful populations," the head of the African Union commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, told reporters at the AU Summit.

Ceasefires have been repeatedly violated and last week the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and the internationally-backed ceasefire monitoring team both called for sanctions on leaders who instigated violence.

Maham

UN Commends Ethiopia’s Peace Keeping Contribution

Jean-Pierre-Lacroix-UNJanuary 30, 2018 - The United Nations (UN) commended Ethiopia for its commitment to ensuring global peace through its peacekeeping contribution. According to the UN, Ethiopia is one of the top troop contributing countries to the UN with more than 8,300 peacekeepers on the ground.

“One of the grounds in which Ethiopian peacekeepers registered success is the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), where Ethiopian peacekeepers have won the trust of both sides of the warring parties,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean Pierre Lacroix.

Lacroix, who praised Ethiopia's contribution for

African Leaders Meet in Ethiopia for AU Summit

Africa-Union-Meeting-Addis-AbabaJanuary 28, 2018 - Focusing on structural reform of the AU, the continental free trade area (CFTA), and agricultural transformation scorecard, African leaders are deliberating in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

The leaders are expected to discuss a number of issues and pass major decisions during the two days.The state of peace and security in the continent, migration, climate change, among others will be discussed by the leaders. 

The leaders will launch the AU theme of 2018 “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation” and the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM)

Ethiopia Releases South Sudan General

South-Sudan-General-releasedJanuary 26, 2018 - A South Sudanese army general, who was under the custody of Ethiopian Administration for Refugees Affairs for illegal entry, has been released.  

The Brigadier General Mun Gach Thoch was released on Thursday after spending nearly two months in Ethiopian prison, according to South Sudanese officials representing the SPLM-IO.

The official also noted that General Mun was taken to the border town of Pagak following his release.

Source:- Radio Tamazuj

Somalia’s Al-Shabab Weakened - UN

Al-shabaab-weakenedJanuary 25, 2018 - The United Nation (UN) announced that the continued deployment of African Union troops in Somalia has weakened Al-Shabab. "Al-Shabab remains a potent threat, despite — or perhaps precisely because — it is on the back foot as a result of financial pressures, counterterrorism operations and airstrikes," U.N. envoy Michael Keating told Security Council members.

According to the UN, defeating Al-Shabab requires both a military and political strategy and serious efforts to address issues that terrorists exploit, such as corruption and the lack of jobs and education opportunities for youth.

The more than 22,000

Africa to Launch Single Air Transport Market

Africa-single-air-marketJanuary 25, 2018 - The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) will be launched on Sunday. In addition to easing free movement throughout Africa, the Single Africa Air Transport Market is expected to create additional 300,000 direct jobs and 2 million indirect jobs.

The declaration on the establishment of a Single African Air Transport Market was adopted by the AU Assembly in January 2015.SAATM is a flagship project of the Agenda 2063, an initiative to create a single unified air transport market and the liberalization of civil aviation in Africa, and as an impetus to the Continent’s economic integration agenda.

The r

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

Ethiopians Need to Solve Own Political Crisis - Isayas Afewerki

Isayas-Afewerki-Ethiopian-politicsJanaury 24, 2018 - Eritrea’s president,Isaias Afewerki, told local media that Ethiopia must resolve its political crisis if the two neighbors are to mend relations and spur development in the Horn of Africa.
 
The people of Ethiopia have to re-evaluate the future of their country and decide how they will proceed without any intervention from external powers,” President Isaias quoted by Eritrean Information Ministry’s website as saying. “For both countries to fully be able to seize future opportunities, first the current crisis in Ethiopia has to be straightened out.”

Ethiopia had seen sporadic, often deadly protests s

Ethiopia, Somaliland Agree to Strengthen Cooperations

Musa-Bihi-Abdi-Somaliland-PresidentJanuary 20, 2018 - The newly-elected president of Somaliland, Musa Bihi Abd, held an audience with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn and a slew of Ethiopian government officials highlighting the importance of the relationship in areas of security, economic, trade engagement and educational cooperation.

“Ethiopia is working aggressively to dismantle Al-Shabaab from the surrounding regions since it’s our common enemy,” Prime Minister Hailemariam stated. “We have already started developing infrastructure in the corridor to facilitate the growing import-export trade of Ethiopi

Ethiopian Prime Minister Supports Plan for Egyptian Industrial Zone in Ethiopia

Hailamariam-Desalegn-Egypt-Industry-ParkJanuary 20, 2018 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has agreed to support the request of the Egyptian-Ethiopian Business Council, to set up an Egyptian industrial zone in Ethiopia. This came during Hailemariam Desalegn’s meeting with the Egyptian-Ethiopian Business Council and a number of Egyptian and Ethiopian businessmen, on the sidelines of his official visit to Cairo last week.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Desalegn arrived in Cairo on Wednesday accompanied by a high-profile delegation to attend the sixth meeting of the joint Egyptian-Ethiopian Higher Committee.

The last meeting was

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.

Egyptian President Expresses Concern over Progress in Dam Talks

Al-Sisi-Hailemariam-Cairo-EgyptJanury 19, 2018 - Egypt's president, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, expressed his concern to the Ethiopian Prime Minster over the lack of progress in talks on the impact of a massive upstream dam. According to news24 report, Sisi was grim-faced during most of a news conference he jointly addressed with the Ethiopian Prime Minister after the two held talks in Cairo.

El-Sissi said he appreciated Ethiopia's repeated assurances that the dam, which is about 60 percent complete, would not have a negative impact on Egypt, but he said studies must still be completed and that all sides should abide by their findings.

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

Ethiopia, Egypt Agree to Establish Investment Council

Egypt-Ethiopia-Investment-CouncilJanuary 18, 2018 - Amid recent tensions between Ethiopia and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the two countries investment officials reached an agreement to set up a joint investment council. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Sahar Nasr, Egyptian Minister of Investment and International Cooperation and her Ethiopian counterpart Fitsum Arega in Cairo.

Following the agreement, the Egyptian minster expounded investment opportunities in Egypt in several domains and urged her Ethiopian counterpart to encourage investors from Ethiopia to invest in Egypt.

This agreement came after Egyp

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