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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.


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.

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

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

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 Acquires 19% Stake in Somaliland Berbera Port

Berbera-port-SomalilandMarch 1, 2018 - Ethiopia signed an agreement with DP World and the government of Somaliland, to become a strategic partner holding a share of 19 per cent in Berbera Port, according to Gulf news.

As per the agreement, Ethiopia will make the necessary infrastructure investment to develop the Berbera Trade Corridor.

DP World continues to hold 51 per cent share in Berbera Port, anf Somaliland taking a share of 30 per cent.

Ethiopian Minister of Transport, Ahmed Shide, said “After a year of serious negotiations, Ethiopia has concluded an agreement with the Somaliland Ports Authority and DP World that wil

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.


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


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