December 28, 2010 -- Ethiopia’s recently appointed ambassadors will depart to their destinations in two weeks, according to the Capital.
Ethiopia’s leading partners, the United States of America, most European countries and China, have sent their agreements to host the appointees and in the coming two weeks their heads of government will receive Ethiopia’s top diplomats.
The European Union (EU) however is yet to notify the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs if it accepted the proposed appointee.
Former Minister of Works and Urban Development, Kassu Illala (PhD) – a cabinet minister turned diplomat- will be stationed in Brussels, Belgium as Ethiopia’s ambassador to the EU.
Former House Speaker Ambassador Teshome Toga is heading to Paris to become Ethiopia’s top diplomat there.
Some of the Ethiopian missions in European countries will keep their bosses, such as in the United Kingdom where Ambassador Berhanu Kebede will remain in his post.
Recently praised together with India by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as ‘dependable ally’, China expressed its agreement to host elite TPLF figure, former Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin. He too is expected to leave for Beijing in the next two weeks.
Seyoum’s long time deputy, former state minister Tekeda Alemu (PhD) does not need approval as he heads to become the top diplomat in New York where the United Nations is headquartered.
Girma Birru got the required approval and will head to Washington as Ethiopia’s ambassador to the United States. Girma will soon present his credentials to President Barack Obama.