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Deepening Ties with Egypt Not Targeting Ethiopian Dam - Eritrea

Eritrea-Egypt-deepening-relationsMay 22, 2017 - Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki denied his country’s deepening relations with Egypt signify plans to disrupt Ethiopia’s construction of Africa’s biggest hydropower dam, according to Bloomberg.

“The claim by the Ethiopian regime that the relation between Eritrea and Egypt is targeting the millennium dam is unfounded,” the Ministry of Information said on its website, citing a May 21 interview with Isaias in the capital, Asmara.

Egypt’s government has maintained the position that Ethiopia’s construction of the hydropower dam on the main trib

Ethiopia Rejects Egypt’s Preconditions to Rejoin Nile Basin Initiative

Ethiopia-Rejects-Egypt-NBI-PreconditionsMay 21, 2017 - Ethiopia has rejected Egypt’s pre-condition to rejoin the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) some seven years after it walked out of the platform in the aftermath of the Entebbe deal, where the riparian countries agreed to abide by the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA), the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity (MoWIE) said., according to the Reporter

Following suggestion of the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, leaders of 11 Nile riparian countries were scheduled to hold a meeting this week to discuss ways Egypt could rejoin the initiative it walked out of in protest to the CFA a

Ethiopia, Somalia Agree to Work for Closer Ties

Ethiopia-Somalia-for-Closer-TiesMay 11, 2017 - PM Hailemariam and Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohammed both agreed to forge closer economic and diplomatic ties during a three day visit in Addis last week, according to Capital.

They took several steps toward cementing their relationship; committing to implementing previously signed agreements, creating a high level joint cooperation committee and working to encourage the free movement of goods and services between Somalia and Ethiopia.

They also made plans to start direct flights between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu and public transportation between the two countries.


South Sudanese Arrests Ethiopian Rebels in Juba

South-Sudan-Arrests-Ethiopian-RebelsMay 10, 2017 - South Sudanese intelligence officials have reportedly arrested six Ethiopian rebels belonging to the Unity Patriot Front in the capital, Juba, according to FBC.

The leader of the Ethiopian Unity Patriot Front (EUPF), General Thowath Pal Chay, has accused his rebel movement’s spokesperson, Colonel Pal Ojulu of allegedly being behind the group members’ detention in South Sudan.

Ojulu, however, dismissed allegations made by the rebel group leader.

“I was not aware of arrest of his groups which he formed in Juba without the knowledge of South Sudan government and re

Ethiopia, UN Working to Resolve South Sudan Conflict

Ethiopia-working-on-SouthSudan-conflictMay 7, 2017 - Workneh Gebeyehu, Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs, said he is working with the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations to find a durable resolution to the conflict in South Sudan, according to the Sudan Trubune.

Gebeyehu Workneh made the remarks after he held discussions with Nicholas Haysom, UN Special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan here in Addis Ababa.

The two sides discussed the current situation in South Sudan and ways to resolving the crisis.

They further conferred on regional peace and security and agreed to work together to make sure peace and security in S

AU Calls on South Sudan Warring Parties to Stop Violence

AU-calls-SS-stop-violenceMay 2, 2017 - Concerned over the increasing military clashes in South Sudan, the African Union Commission has called on the warring parties to desist from escalating violence, according to ENA.

The Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, expressed "deep" concern over the increasing military clashes in youngest east African nation especially in the restive Upper Nile region.

The Chairperson urged the Transitional Government of National Unity and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition and other armed movements in the country to immediately stop fighting.

"The renewed fighting

Ethiopia, Rwanda Sign Multiple Agreements

Ethiopia-Riwanda-sign-agreementsApril 29, 2017 - Ethiopia and Rwanda on Friday signed 11 bilateral agreements across multiple sectors as the two countries move to strengthen ties, according to ENA.

The agreements are in the areas of extradition treaty, mutual legal assistance, communication, information and media, youth and sports, tourism and health.

Education, culture, cooperation in prisons and correctional services, gender, women and children as well as water resources management are also among the agreements concluded between the two countries.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who is in Rwanda on a three-day official visit, and Rwandan Pr

Tripartite Committe on Renaissance Dam Meets in Cairo

GERD-CommitteApril 25, 2017 - The Tripartite National Committee on the Renaissance Dam (TNCRD) continues its meeting in Cairo on Monday, according to Daily News. The committee is discussing initial reports by consultancy firms (BRL and Artelia) tasked with assessing the possible impact of the dam on downstream countries, according to the report.

The talks come three days after President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s meeting with Workneh Gebeyehu, the Ethiopian foreign affairs minister, on Wednesday. During the meeting, Al-Sisi stressed on the importance of positive interaction with the company responsible for implementing studies on the Renaissance Da

Your Ancestors Redeemed the Honour of Africa - President Museveni

Museveni-in-AdwaApril 25, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn and Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni laid cornerstone for Pan African University in Adwa, according to ENA

Hailemariam said the Battle of Adwa was a landmark in the history of Ethiopia in where strong unity and identity were demonstrated.

On his part, President Museveni marked the improtance of the Adwa victory. I am honoured along with my colleagues to be in Ethiopia. I am honored to be invited here at Adwa. I would have removed my shoes because this is a holy place, it is the holy land of Africa. It removed the shame from Africa. The African chiefs should be ashamed of their ancestors

Ethiopia to Have New Policy Direction on Eritrea?

New-policy-on-EritreaApril 23, 2017 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn hinted on Wednesday that Ethiopia may have a new policy direction replacing the existing policy towards Eritrea, according to the Reporter.

At a press conference he held on Wednesday with local journalists, Hailemariam said that his government has already finalized drafting the new policy direction regarding Eritrea and that it is expected to be tabled before the Council of Ministers very soon.

According to observers, the policy of containing and isolating Eritrea, which has been adopted by Ethiopia after the end of the war, has been effective in targeting and crippling the Er

98 Eritrea-Sponsored Anti-Peace Elements Arrested - Ethiopia

Ethiopia-arrests-98-rebel-forcesApril 21, 2017 - Ethiopian security forces arrested 98 Eritrean sponsored anti-peace elements during the past two months, according to FBC report.
They were arrested trying to cross into Ethiopia via west Tigray zone after receiving a terror mission from Eritrean-based two terrorist organizations, Ginbot 7 and Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), said the zonal administration.

Tekiyu Metko, deputy administrator and security sector head of the zone, told FBC that they were arrested owing to the joint efforts of members of the defense force and the local residents.

According to him, 15 of them were arrested this wee

Agreement Must be Reached to Regulate Filling of Renaissance Dam - al-Sisi

al-Sisi-Ethiopian-FMApril 20, 2017 - President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt said that an agreement must be reached on regulations governing the filling of the Renaissance Dam with Nile water, in accordance with the Declation of Principles signed in Khartoum, according to Egypt Independent.

He also stressed the need for continuing cooperation between Egypt and Ethiopia to ensure the optimum utilization of the shared water resources between the Nile Basin countries in a way that achieves development.

At a meeting with the Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu on Wednesday afternoon and Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Sisi referred to the

President Omar al-Bashir in Addis Ababa on 3-Day Official Visit

Bashir-in-EthiopiaApril 4, 2017 - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Addis Ababa this morning for a three-day official visit to Ethiopia, reports ENA.

Upon his arrival at Bole International Airport, the President was welcomed by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn.

During his stay, the president is expected to meet President Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn to discuss bilateral and issues of common concern.

The discussions are expected to focus on enhancing bilateral ties as well as enforcing formerly signed cooperation agreements, Minister of Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) Dr. Negeri Lench

Ethiopia, Sudan Working to Create Free Trade Zone, Greater Economic Integration

Ethiopia-Sudan-working-on-free-trade-zoneApril 4, 2017 - PM Hailemariam Desalegn and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir held talks on bilateral and continental issues in Addis Ababa, according to FBC. The Sudanese leader arrived in Addis Ababa on working visit.

The Premier on the occasion said Ethiopia and Sudan have longstanding relations, adding the country is working to create strong diplomatic relations with its neighbors. A study conducted to link both countries with rail transport has been finalized and it will be implemented soon, he added.

He further said both nations are working to create economic integration as well as on bilateral issues of c

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir Visiting Ethiopia This Week

Bashir-visiting-EthiopiaApril 2, 2017 - Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, is scheduled to visit Ethiopia next week, Ethiopian foreign ministry officials disclosed on Saturday, according to Sudan Tribune.

The ministry’s spokesperson, Tewolde Mulgeta, told Sudan Tribune that Bashir will arrive on Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital, where he will hold meetings with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn and other government officials.

The two leaders are expected to discuss a range of bilateral issues of common interest, mainly focused on evaluating the implementations of previously signed agreements and Memorandum of Understandings

Ethiopian Delegation in Saudi Arabia to Facilitate Safe Return of Citizens

Ethiopian-delegation-in-saudi-arabiaMarch 31, 2017 - An Ethiopian delegation will depart for Saudi Arabia today for talks about the safe return of Ethiopians living in that country without legal documents and work permits, according to FBC report.

Riyadh ordered citizens of any country without legal living and work permits to leave the country within 90 days.

Following this announcement, an Ethiopian delegation will fly to Saudi Arabia today to facilitate ways for the safe return of Ethiopians, Tewolde Mulugeta, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told FBC today.

The government has made all the necessary preparations to safe

Nile Basin Initiative Council of Ministers Holds Meeting in Uganda

Nile-Basin-Initiative-MeetingMarch 28, 2017 - The Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM), the supreme policy organ of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), held an extraordinary meeting yesterday in Entebbe, Uganda, according to FBC.

The purpose of the meeting was to facilitate the resumption of Egypt’s full participation in NBI activities that had been frozen since 2010.

The meeting was chaired by Sam Cheptoris, Uganda’s Minister of Water and Environment and Chairman of the Nile Council of Ministers and was attended by Ministers in charge of Water Affairs from Nile Basin countries.

According to a press release NBI sent to FBC today, the m

IGAD Urges for Opening of Humanitarian Corridors in South Sudan

IGAD-MeetingMarch 28, 2017 - Concerned with the worsening of humanitarian situation in South Sudan, IGAD urged for immediate measures for smooth provision of humanitarian assistance, according to ENA.

In a communiqué issued following its 30th Extra-Ordinary Summit held on Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya, IGAD decided that all humanitarian corridors should be immediately opened without any condition to allow safe access to affected people across the country.

In this regard, the summit called the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) for a confirmation within a week.

The leaders condemned the proliferation of armed groups in South Sudan and called o

Thousands of Hungry Somalis Trekking to Ethiopia

Somalis-trek-EthiopiaMarch 24, 2017 – Menaced by Al Shabab militants and a worsening drought, thousands of Somalis are abandoning the land to seek refuge in neighbouring Ethiopia, according UNHCR report. Hungry and exhausted, Aisha Yussuf Abdi, 40, and her seven young children finally reached Ethiopia at the end of a desperate three-day trek over the border from Somalia.

“We walked and slept on the road,” she says, her eyes flitting nervously as she recalls the journey. “I had to leave my husband and parents behind for my children to have a fighting chance to survive.”

Aisha is amongst some 4,300 Somali refugees who hav

World Bank Announces Record 57 Billion USD to Finance Sub-Saharan Africa

World-bank-to-provide-57B-Sub-SaharanMarch 21, 2017 - World Bank (WB) President Jim Yong Kim yesterday announced a record 57 billion USD to finance Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three fiscal years, according to ENA.

The bulk of the financing 45 billion USD will come from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for poorest countries.

The financing for Sub-Saharan Africa also will include an estimated 8 billion USD in private sector investments from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a private sector arm of the Bank Group, and 4 billion USD in financing from International Bank for Reconstruction and D


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