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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

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.

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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

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

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.

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

Ethiopia, Morocco Pledge to Bolster Trade Ties

Ethiopia-Moroco-tiesJanuary 17, 2018 - Further to the agreements signed during the visit of Moroccan King Mohammed VI to Ethiopia, the two countries pledged to further bolster bilateral trade ties.  This pledge was made during talks between the Moroccan secretary of state in charge of foreign trade, Rkia Derham, and Ethiopian minister of public enterprises, Girma Amente.

In November 2017, the two African nations signed several deals, including a 2.4 billion dollars partnership deal for the development of a world-class fertilizer platform in Ethiopia. Relations between the two African nations have long been focused only on the political sphere.

Sudan Expresses Commitment to Protect Ethiopian Dam

GERD-EthiopiaJanaury 17, 2018 - Sudan's Blue Nile State and Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia agreed to deploy a joint force to secure their joint border and prevent any hostile activities against the two countries. The agreement came after a week Sudan decided to shut its North-eastern border with Eritrea, two days after the Eritrean president, Isaias Afwerki, said that he had got information about the two countries plan to deploy joint military troops.  

The latest agreement between Ethiopia and Sudan signed during a conference on development of border relations between Sudan's Blue Nile State and Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia in D

Egypt Does Not Want War with Ethiopia, Sudan - el-Sisi

No-war-Egypt-EthiopiaJanuary 16, 2018 - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said that his country is not prepared to go to war against Ethiopia and Sudan. The president denied reports that allege Egypt was meddling in the internal affairs of Sudan and Ethiopia. 

Egypt fears that the soon-to-be-completed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project, the largest hydroelectric dam project in Africa, will significantly reduce its share of the Nile River water.

On its part the Ethiopian government says the $5bn dam will not have any effect on Egypt's share of the Nile water, and claims the project is necessary for the East African country

Sudan Sends More Troops to Eritrea Border

Sudan-troops-Eritrea-borderJanuary 15, 2018 - As tensions in the Red Sea region continues to rise, the Sudanese government announced that it has sent more troops to its eastern border with Eritrea . Early this month Khartoum closed its borders with Eritrea and sent troops to its border region of Kassala, following reports that Egypt has deployed troops in Eritrea.

"Sudan's national army has sent part of its forces to this area to protect Sudan's security as we have information that some parties are targeting us," Sudanese foreign minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, said after meeting his Ethiopian counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu in Khartoum on Sunday.

13,000 Sudanese Refugees Return Home from Ethiopia; 42,000 Remain - Sudanese Government

Sudan-refugees-returing-homeJanuary 14, 2018 - The Sudanese government announced that 13,000 out of 55,000 Sudanese refugees have returned to their home areas from Ethiopia. According to governer of the Blue Nile State, Hussein Yassen Hamad, his government in coordination with the Humanitarian Aid Commission has provided food, clothing and medicine to returnees after they settled in their villages of origin.

Hamad added that a number of rebel fighters have also laid down their arms and returned to the state following the presidential pardon and appeals by the residents.The Sudanese refugees were being sheltered in camps and among host communities along the Ethiopia

Ethiopian Prime Minister Visiting Egypt Next Week

Ethiopian-PM-visiting-EgyptJanuary 13, 2018 - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will arrive in Egypt on Monday evening for a three days state visit.The Ethiopian premier  visit comes in the framework of the joint Egyptian-Ethiopian committee which was due to convene in mid-December but was postponed to January.

The sources said that a high level delegation will accompany Desalegn during his visit which will include Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu and Ethiopia’s ambassador to Cairo Taye Atske-Selassie Amde.

Desalegn is expected to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Ittihadeya presid

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