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Amnesty International Calls on Ethiopian Authorities to Rescue Abducted Students

By Staff Reporter

Dembi-Dollo-Kidnap-VictimsMarch 26, 2020 ( -- Amnesty International is calling on the Ethiopian authorities to disclose measures it has taken to rescue 17 Amhara students of Dembi Dolo University in Western Oromia, who were abducted by unidentified people in November 2019 and have been missing since.

The anguish of the students’ families is exacerbated by a phone and internet shutdown implemented in January across the western Oromia region further hampering their efforts to get information about their missing loved ones, Amnesty International said in a statement on Thursday.


Ethiopia Arrests Suspected Ringleader of Human Trafficking Gang, Five others

By Staff Reporter

NISS-ethiopiaMarch 13, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian police said they have arrested a six-member migrant-smuggling gang including one of Interpol’s most wanted human traffickers - Kidane Zekarias Haftemariam.

Kidane Zekarias Haftemariam, the suspected leader of the smugglers in the Horn and North Africa and others were captured between March 3-13, 2020, during a joint operations conducted by federal police and the country’s intelligence Security Services and the-telecom, the federal police said on Friday in a statement.

Kidane and associates were allegedly engaged in the smuggling of migrants in coll

Ethiopia Working on New Proposal on Filling, Operation of GERD

By Staff Reporter

GERD-filling-EthiopiaMarch 11, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia is to come up with a new proposal on the filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which will be tabled for discussion shortly with the downstream countries of the Nile.

The new proposal is drafted jointly by members of the Ethiopian negotiating group, water engineers from different universities and legal experts drawn from the federal attorney general and ministry of foreign affairs.

A PR expert in the Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy told that Ethiopia’s new proposal will be tabled for discussion with Egypt and Sudan but othe

Ethiopia to Close Hintsats Refugee Camp in Tigray State

By Staff Reporter

Hintsats-refugee-campMarch 8, 2020 ( -- The future for 18,000 Eritrean migrants in Hintsats refugee camp is uncertain as Ethiopian authorities announced the decision to shut down the seven-year-old refugee camp in Tigray region of northern Ethiopia.

The Tigray regional government warned that the refugees will face punishments if they are forced to return to their home country.

The Ethiopian government did not disclose why it has decided to close the camps in Tigray contrary to its international obligations and for which it was praised by world bodies for so long. Observers believe this has to do with regional politic

President Isaias Meddling in Ethiopian Affairs: Former Officials

By Staff Reporter

Seyoum-Mesfin-TPLFFebruary 17, 2020 ( -- Senior members of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) said Eritrean president Issaias Afeworki is meddling in the internal affairs of Ethiopia.

The former high-level Ethiopian government officials were speaking at a meeting on the 45th founding anniversary of the TPLF held in Axum city, an ancient city of Tigray in northern Ethiopia.

In a recent briefing with Eritrean state-run TV, President Isaias Afwerki said that he was “worried about ethnic conflict in Ethiopia and announced plans to support Addis Ababa to resolve the political crisis.”<

Tigray Region Ready to Resolve Border Dispute with Eritrea: TPLF Chair

By Staff Reporter  

Debretsion-Badme-EritreaFebruary 13, 2020 ( -- The Chair of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) Dr. Deberetsion Geberemichael said his administration is ready to resolve the border dispute with neighboring Eritrea based on international laws and relevant provisions.

Briefing journalists in connection with the 45th founding anniversary of TPLF, Debretsion stressed the need for leaders of Tigray, Ethiopia, and Eritrea to come to a negotiating table to resolve the border issue and work for ensure real peace among their peoples.

Debretsion who is also Deputy President of the Tigray state accused

Eritrean President Blames TPLF for Unsettled Border Issue, Instability in Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Isaias-interview-02.2020February 9, 2020 ( -- Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki has accused the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) for creating hurdles to resolve the unsettled border issue with neighboring Ethiopia. Calling the TPLF the “failed political group” in Tigray, he blamed the organization for implementing the peace plan.

Isaias was referring to the disputed lands in Badme town and surrounding areas that are currently administered by the Tigray state of Ethiopia.

“The situations in the disputed Badme town and surrounding areas have become worse, particularly after the diplomatic relat

Ethiopia Delays Signing of Final Agreement on GERD: Ethiopian Minister

By Staff Reporter

GERD-talksFebruary 6, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Energy Dr. Engineer Sileshi Bekele said Ethiopia has delayed the final agreement it was supposed to sign with Egypt and Sudan on filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Briefing journalists on Wednesday, Sileshi said Ethiopia successfully negotiated the technical issues but it needs the legal aspects of the GERD talks amended and hence it wanted the agreement to be delayed.

In a recent address to the parliament, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the negotiation between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sud

Flashpoint on the Nile: Egypt Destabilizing Ethiopia

By Dr. Aklog Birara

Egypt-EthiopiaJanuary 21, 2020 ( -- A flashpoint in current diplomatic relations in Africa today that can potentially lead to war is Egypt’s continued assertion that it will continue to exercise its hegemony over the Nile.

Historically, Egypt’s relations with Ethiopia have been characterized by mutual mistrust and suspicion. The core policy issue behind this intractable problem is Egypt’s belief that its hegemony over Nile waters is dependent on Ethiopia’s internal ethnic and religious divisions, it's continued socioeconomic, technological, national security and defense backwardness; and its

National Interest Not Compromised by GERD Deal: Ethiopian Officials

By Staff reporter    

GERD-GeduJanuary 17, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia did not give away its national interest during the latest US-mediated talks in connection to the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), said Ethiopian Officials.

Given the fragile political situation in Ethiopia today, there have been persistent doubts by some Ethiopian observers as to whether the government has the capacity to conclude a fair agreement with Egypt, including the latest one which has raised several questions.

Briefing journalists after the tripartite talks in Washington DC, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew said the

Ethiopian PM Calls for Mediation over GERD Project

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopia-South-AfricaJanuary 13, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has called on the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to mediate between Ethiopia and Egypt over the contentious Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project as the president takes over rotating chairmanship of the African Union Commission next month.

The premier’s request is reported as a first move by Ethiopia seeking a mediator, in addition to the involvement of third parties, namely the US government and the World Bank, on the negotiations of Africa’s biggest hydropower dam project.

The recent tripartite talks in Addi

GERD Talks Fail Due to New Demands from Egypt

By Staff Reporter

GERD-meeting-Addis-AbabaJanuary 10, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia said the latest talks with Sudan and Egypt over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project on the Nile River ended without agreement due to Egypt’s new demands.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of the latest talks held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Dr. Sileshi Bekele said the discussion ended without agreement as Egypt came up with a new proposal suggesting that the dam filling period shall be between 12 and 21 years.

“Egypt has presented an ‘unf

Ethiopia, Eritrea to Start Comprehensive Cooperation by 2020

By Staff Reporter

Isaias-Visit-Addis-AbabaDecember 26, 2019 ( -- The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have committed to launching a comprehensive co-operation and practical measures as of next year aiming at extricating the peoples the two neighboring states out of poverty.

The leaders’ commitment comes as the Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki wrapped up his two days visit to Ethiopia where along with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed laid a foundation stone for the construction of a new Eritrean Embassy building in Addis Ababa.

“We are very pleased to provide this plot of land for the construction Eritrean Embassy buildi

Eritrean President on Official Working Visit to Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Isaias-Afewerki-Abiy-AhmedDecember 25, 2019 ( -- Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki is on his second official working visit to Ethiopia after the two neighboring states ended their two decades of enmity last year.

President Isaias was greeted by Prime Minister Abiy and other senior government officials at Bole International Airport. The Eritrean delegation included Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane Gebreab, among the others.

The Eritrean delegation has visited Unity Park at the national palace, Sheger Beautifying Project Entoto, Entoto Observatory and research center and other infrast

East Africa Oil & Gas Summit to Held in Nairobi, Kenya

By Staff Reporter

EAOGS-2020December 4, 2019 ( -- Over 500 senior oil and gas executives are expected to attend the East Africa Oil & Gas Summit & Exhibition (EAOGS 2020) when it returns to Nairobi from 18 - 19 March 2020.

The renowned event, which is the largest of its kind in East Africa and officially supported by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining of Kenya, will once again provide the platform for ministries and national oil companies to come together and engage with international and local companies and investors to examine the opportunities present across the region.

Now in its 6th event, and with the backing of over 400 companie

13th Ordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government Held in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

IGAD-meetingNovember 30, 2019 ( -- The 13th Ordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government was held on 29 November 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali.

The meeting was attended by Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda; Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti; Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan; Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia; Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Sudan; and Dr. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs o

AMISOM to Investigate the Death of Somalia Peace Activist

By Staff Reporter

AlmaasElman-Ali-AhmedNovember 23, 2019 ( -- The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), yesterday started a preliminary investigation into the death of Ms. Almaas Elman Ali Ahmed, former Somali diplomat and peace activist, who was hit by a bullet on November 20, 2019, at the Halane Base Camp in Mogadishu, Somalia.

According to a press statement released, the victim had contracted the services of a private transport company for a meeting at the Base Camp. She was believed to have been attending a meeting for the Elman Peace center, founded in 1990 by her father, Elman Ali Ahmed. They were traveling to Aden Abdulle Internatio

Joint Security Mechanism Workshop Convenes in Juba

By Staff Reporter

Juba-meetingNovember 19, 2019 ( -- IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador Dr. Ismail Wais, presided over a two-day workshop for the security mechanisms of the Revitalized Agreement of the Resolution of the Conflict on South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC), the Ceasefire & Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring & Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) and the African Union Commission (AUC).

The workshop will focus on producing a work plan and matrix with specific timelines and responsibilities that conform t

Africa Industrialization Week Opens in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

AIW-2019November 18, 2019 ( -- The Africa Industrialization Week conference was opened today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference was organized by Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry International Trade Centre, Geneva (ITC), the Korean-African Foundation, and the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce, among many others.

The Innovation week will have the participation of at least 1,000 multi-stakeholder delegates drawn from the private sector, public sector, civil society, development partners, and trade and industry think tanks within and outside Africa.

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan Resume GERD Talks in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

GERD-talks-Addis-AbabaNovember 15, 2019 ( -- Water ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt are meeting in Addis Ababa to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

This round of tripartite negotiation involved observers from the U.S. government and World Bank based on the agreement reached by foreign ministers of the three countries in Washington DC, USA, earlier last week.

Opening the meeting, Ethiopia’s Minister of Water Irrigation and Energy, Seleshi Bekele said that the technical meeting followed the Washington DC meeting and would dwell on contentious iss


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