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South Sudan President in Addis Ababa for Peace Talks with Opposition Leader

South-Sudan-President-in-EthiopiaJune 20, 2018 - South Sudanese President Salva Kirr arrived in Addis Ababa today for peace talks with opposition leader Rick Machar, according to FBC report.
The South Sudanese President was welcomed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed, according to Fitsum Arega, Chief of Staff at the Prime Minister office.

Ethiopia will host both President Kirr and Rick Machar for the first time in two years to discuss peace and stability for the war torn country and one of Africa’s deadliest conflict.

Eritrea Sending Delegation for Peace Talks with Ethiopia

Isaias-Afewerki-peace-talks-EthiopiaJune 20, 2018 - President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea today announced that he is sending a delegation to Addis Ababa for peace talks with Ethiopia.

The Eritrean President made this announcement at the annual martyr’s day celebration in Asmara.

He said the war between the two countries caused massive damage on both sides, and to our economies, and resulted in displacement of people.

The reforms undertaken by Ethiopia need proper attention, the President said.

“Ethiopia is currently on transition,” he said, adding “the remaining thing is to give priority in restor

Ethiopia, Somalia Agree to Jointly Develop Four Seaports

Ethiopia-Somalia-Port-DevelopmentJune 16, 2018 - Following visit to Somalia by Ethiopian Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, the two countries have pledged to jointly develop four seaports, according to Reuters.

PM Abiy Ahmed and Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo agreed to cooperate on everything from developing infrastructure linking the two countries.

The two countries also pledged to expand visa services and promote cultural exchanges.

The pledge did not specify which ports the two countries plan to develop.


UAE to Grant Ethiopia USD 3 Billion

UAE-Crown-Prince-EthiopiaJune 16, 2018 -  United Arab Emirates (UAE) pledged $3 billion in aid and investments to Ethiopia on Friday, according to government of Ethiopia press release. The announcement follows the warm reception the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, accorded Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed.

The new Prime Minister of Ethiopia personally drove the crown prince around Addis Ababa. Abiy had travelled to both Abu Dhabi and Riyadh shortly after taking office.

The UAE will deposit $1 billion in Ethiopia’s central bank immediately to ease a severe foreign currency shortage, government spokesman Ahmed S

Ethiopia Announces It will Fully Accept Peace Accord with Eritrea

Badme-Ethiopia-EritreaJune 6, 2018 - Ethiopia announced on Tuesday that it will fully implement the Algers accord to the end the 1998-2000 war with Eritrea. The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, said that ending the war and expanding economic ties with neighbouring Eritrea is critically important for stability and development in the region.

“All that we have achieved from the situation of the last 20 years is tension,” Abiy said.

“Neither Ethiopia nor Eritrea benefit from a stalemate. We need to expend all our efforts towards peace and reconciliation and extricate ourselves from petty conflicts and divisions and focus on elim

Ethiopia to Allow All Africans to Travel to Ethiopia Without Visas

Welcome-to-EthiopiaMay 27, 2018 - Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, said Ethiopia will soon allow all Africans to travel to Ethiopia without visas. The policy follows Rwanda’s example of allowing African travellers to enter the country without visas.

The African Union has also been encouraging all African countries to follow suit so there is greater freedom of movement and trade between Africans.

A number of African countries have in the past year started implementing the 30-day visa-on-arrival policy recommended by the AU, including Kenya, Ghana and Zimbabwe.

The news was announced during a state banquet hosted by Prime

Rwandan Leader President Paul Kagame Visiting Ethiopia

Paul-Kagame-visiting-EthiopiaMay 25, 2018 - The leader of Rwanda President Paul Kagame arrived in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for a State Visit. He was received by Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed.

President Kagame will hold bilateral talks with the Ethiopian premier and later attend luncheon in his honour.

The two leader are then expected to tour Hawassa Industrial Park which has attracted 18 leading global apparel and textile companies.

Kagame will on the second day attend a number of Consultation Meetings on the African Union Institutional Reform Process including with the Group of 15 Ministers of Foreign Affairs,

Ethiopia Dismisses Eritrean Charges of Interference as Baseless

Eritrea-Ethiopia-SudanMay 21, 2018 - Ethiopia denied Eritrean accusation of interference as “baseless”, according to Sudan Tribune. Last week Eritrea issued a statement accusing neighboring Sudan and Ethiopia of conspiring to support Eritrean rebel groups.

Eritrea claimed Ethiopia and Sudan allegedly agreed to deploy Eritrean armed opposition groups along the two countries’ borders with Eritrea to facilitate hit and run attacks on Eritrea.

In an interview with Xinhua, an Ethiopian foreign affairs ministry spokesman, Meles Alem, said the allegations that they are working with Sudan to support Eritrean rebels are false.

Palestinian Ambassador Calls on Africa, Ethiopia to Engage in Peace Talks with Israel

Palestinian-Ambassador-EthiopiaMay 21, 2018 - The Palestinian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Nasri Abujaish (PhD), called on Ethiopia and the African Union to engage in peace talks with Israel, according to the Reporter. The ambassador noted his country will no longer accept the US as a neutral negotiator after the US Embassy opening in Jerusalem.

The Ambassador announced this during a press conference held on the 15th of May 2018, to condemn the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

“Ethiopia’s relation with the Arab world as well as being the seat of the African Union and the political capital of the continent; we accept Ethi

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Concludes Middle East Visit

PM-Visit-Middle-EastMay 21, 2018 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has concluded a three day-trip to the Middle East, visiting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to FBC.

In Saudi Arabia, he met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salamn and held discussion on bilateral, regional, and global issues.

The Ethiopian Premier stressed the importance of protecting Ethiopians living in Saudi Arabia. The visit resulted in the release of 1000 Ethiopians from Saudi prison. There are reports that Ethiopian billionaire Sheikh Al-amoudi may also be released following lobby by the Premier.

The two sides have agreed to strengthen coope

Ethiopian Prime Minister Visiting Kenya

Ethiopian-PM-Visiting-KenyaMay 6, 2018 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is in Nairobi, Kenya, on an official visit aimed at boosting relations with neighboring Kenya, according to ENA.

The visit follows the invitation of President Uhuru Kenyatta last April.

The two leaders are expected to discuss wide ranging bilateral and regional issues.  

Ethiopia and Kenya are striving hard in pursuit of regional and continental peace, stability and development within the framework of the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development and the African Union for the benefit of the peoples of the region and beyond.


Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt Meeting in Addis Ababa to Discuss Dam Issues

GERD-Meeting-Addis-AbabaMay 6, 2018 - Talks have started on the Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam (GERD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between three countries, Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, according to FBC report. This marks the 18th round of talks of the technical committee of teh GERD.
Ethiopian Water and Irrigation Minister Dr. Eng Sileshi Bekele, said “we gathered here with the commitment of completing the two studies on the dam.”

The two studies are hydro simulation and trans-boundary social and environmental impact assessments.

Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed said on Thursday said that the dam will not harm Egypt&

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Concludes Djibouti Visit

PM-Abiy-Ahmed-Djibouti-visitApril 30, 2018 - The new Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, concluded a two-day visit to Djibouti yesterday, reports FBC.
During his visit, the Ethiopian Prime Minister held discussions with President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh of Djibouti on multifaceted relations between the two countries as well as regional security issues.

According to reports the new Prime Mininster of Ethiopia wants to elevate the relations between the two countries to better facilitate port flows to the growing Ethiopian economy.

The two leaders agreed to work closely on common issues

Egypt Wants to Speed Up Negotiations Over Nile Dam

Egypt-GERD-negotiationsApril 30, 2018 - In a sign of frustration, Egypt said on Sunday it wants to speed up negotiations with Ethiopia on outstanding dam issues, according to Reuters. According to the report, Egypt sees footdragging by Addis Ababa over the dispute.

“There’s a need to accelerate the pace of negotiations after some three years or more have passed since the signing of the preliminary agreement in Khartoum and things have remained frozen,” Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told a joint news conference with his visiting French counterpart in Cairo.

Egypt and Ethiopia still have unresolved issues over the constru

Ethiopian Prime Minister Receives UN Human Rights Chief

Ethiopian-PM-receives-HR-chiefApril 25, 2018 - Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed held talks with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at his office today, according to FBC.

The Ethiopian Premier and Zeid held discussion issues related to human rights and democratization process as well as the reforms taking place in Ethiopia.

The Prime Minister stressed that the objective of the reform was to strengthen human rights and democracy in the country.  

“Building democratic system and improving the culture of democracy is not an option for Ethiopia. It is a matter of survival,” Prime Minister Dr Abi

PM Abiy Ahmed Meets President al-Bashir of Sudan

Abiy-Ahmed-Bashar-meetingApril 23, 2018 - PM Abiy Ahmed held talks with President Omar al-Bashir of Sudam in Bahir Dar today, on the sidelines of the 7th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, according to FBC report.

The two leaders discussed on aspects of bilateral relations and regional issues of mutual concern to the peoples of both countries.

During the meeting, the Ethiopian Premier expressed deep gratitude for al-Bashir’s participation in Tana Forum, describing Sudan as his second home and al-Bashir as his older brother.

He also expressed gratitude for the generous treatment received by the Ethiopian citizens in Suda

UN Human Rights Commissioner on Second Visit in Ethiopia

UN-HR-commissioner-EthiopiaApril 23, 2018 - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein began his second official visit to Ethiopia as of Sunday April 22. He is visiting "at the invitation of the Government", his office said in a statement. "During his visit, he will also take part in a high-level dialogue between the African Union and the UN Human Rights Office."

High Commissioner Zeid last visited Ethiopia in May 2017, when he met the then Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and other high-ranking Ethiopian officials and civil society members. "The Government of Ethiopia earlier this year invited Zeid to c

Sundese President Dismisses Foreign Minister Ghandour

Sudan-FM-dismissedApril 20, 2018 - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir dismissed Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour from his position, state news agency SUNA reported on Thursday.

The source did not provide further details about the dimissal or his replacement.

It is reported that Ghandour on Wednesday asked parliament to step in and help Sudanese diplomats, who had not been paid their salaries in seven months or provide funds to rent Sudanese diplomatic mission headquarters abroad.

The funds requested by the foreign ministry amount to less than $30 million, he said, the first public comment by a Sudanese government official on the central b

Status Quo Not Acceptable, Egypt Foreign Minister Warns Ethiopia

Egypt-FM-Sameh-ShoukryApril 20, 2018 - Egypt’s foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, warned Ethiopia that the status quo is not acceptable and that Egypt will defend its interests by several means, according to the Washington Post. He did not elaborate what that means.

The foreign ministers of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia met in Khartoum this month but talks ended with no deal on the lingering dispute of access to the Nile’s waters. Egypt has called for another meeting in Cairo.

Egypt has several reservations on the construction and filling of the Renaissance Dam that Ethiopia is completing, claiming it will drastically impact its share of the Nile&

Ethiopia Not Pleased with US Resolution 128

US-resolution-128April 11, 2018 - The Ethiopian government expressed displeasure with US house resolution 128 that called for the Ethiopia government to respect human rights. According to FBC reports, the Ethiopian government has been exerting its utmost efforts to step up the protection and promotion of human rights and advance good governance as these are pillars to the democratization of the nation, the statement noted.

The statement further notes, Ethiopia demonstrated its commitment to democracy working closely with partners to advance human rights as provided in the Constitution. The government of Ethiopia remains committed to its citizens in promoting accountab


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