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A Week in the Horn 02.10.2020 News in Brief Press Release on Irregular Migrants in KSA 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly and High-Level Commemoration Event on the 75th Anniversary...
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News in Brief
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on the Ethiopia-Sudan Border Incident
Statement of the Chairperson following the murder of George Floyd in the USA
UN Security Council Extends UNAMID mandate till December
Ethiopia reiterates its call to International Partners for support to Ethiopian migrants
Ethiopia, Spain Stress on Sharing Experiences in fighting COVID-19
Africa and the African Union
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission MoussaFakiMahamat, in a statement issued on Friday (May 29), strongly condemns the murder of George Floyd that occurred in the United States of America at the hands of law enforcement officers and wishes to extend his deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. (See article)
The Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union Commission, Ambassador Minata Samate Cessouma presided over a virtual consultative meeting of senior officials of African Election Management Bodies (EMBs ) on Wednesday (May 27) on the COVID-19 pandemic and elections in Africa. The virtual peer-learning consultative meeting was convened in collaboration with the Association of African Electoral Authorities (AAEA) and Regional Economic Communities’ networks of EMBs.
Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, GeduAndargachew on Thursday (June 04) welcomed to his office, the Algerian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Salah Francis Elhamdi. During their discussion, Mr. Gedu commended the long-standing relationship between the two countries and called on expanding it further. The two also have discussed the arrangements of training opportunities to Ethiopian diplomats in the higher education institutions of Algeria. Following the briefings on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam by Gedu, the Algerian ambassador expressed his hope that Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt would reach a mutually beneficial agreement through dialogue.
Ethiopia on Thursday (June 04) donated 17,000 Kg of COVID-19 medical supplies to the Republic of South Sudan. Ambassador Beatrice KhamisaWani-Noah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan received the Ethiopian delegation that delivered the medical supply at Juba International Airport. Ambassador Redwan Hussein, Minister of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and head of the delegation handed over the medical supplies to Ambassador MayenDutWo, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan. The Undersecretary commended Ethiopia’s support of COVID-19 medical supplies to his country at this difficult time.
State Minister TsionTeklu and high-ranking government officials accorded a warm welcome to 118 Ethiopians who have returned home from Saudi Arabia Thursday (June 4). It is recalled that 136 Ethiopians returned home from Saudi Arabia last week on Tuesday.
Ethiopia recorded 150 new cases of the coronavirus, out of the 5,141 laboratory tests conducted on Thursday (June 04). With this, the total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 1,636. A 30-year-old man also died of the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 18. The number of recoveries reached 250 after four people recovered from the virus.
The Prime Minister Office announced on Wednesday (June 03) that Ethiopia will officially embark on its annual Green Legacy challenge on June 5, 2020. “Last year,” said Prime Minister Abiy “we each committed to the national call and met our set target,” adding, “Despite COVID19, we are determined to plant the intended 5 billion trees.”
State Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, TsionTeklu said expelling and deporting migrants would further exacerbate the spread of the virus. She said this in addressing a webinar held on Wednesday (June 03) that aimed at discussing how migrants who find themselves in a difficult condition under the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic can be assisted where they are at the moment. (See article)
The Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Dr. SeleshBekele on Wednesday (June 03) held a virtual meeting with his Sudanese counterpart, Professor Yassir Abbas Mohammed on ways of resuming the trilateral negotiation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The two ministers along with their respective delegation exchanged views on the procedural aspects of resuming the trilateral negotiations and other key concerns from each country. Key issues and concerns regarding the outstanding negotiations on the GERD have been also discussed in the virtual meeting. The two sides further agreed to hold frequent bilateral meetings leading to the trilateral negotiations as soon as possible.
Ethiopian Airlines on Monday (June 02) stated that it has generated more than 120 Million US Dollars revenue within the last month, an income surpassing its monthly expenses. The Chief Executive Officer of the Airlines, TewoldeGebremariam said the airline is supporting the domestic economy besides covering its monthly costs. The Airlines’ success is attributed to its timely engagement in cargo services, especially transportation of medical supplies across the world. Tewolde noted Ethiopia’s being selected as a convenient transit hub to the distribution of medical supplies amidst COVID 19 pandemic in the region and across has created a good opportunity for the airlines to emerge as a global airlift operator.
Ethiopian Embassy in Israel has organized a coffee exhibition and culinary diplomacy event aimed to foster the Ethiopian Coffee to the Israeli community. The exhibition held at Empress Taitu Memorial Building in Jerusalem on Tuesday (June 02) has been attended by representatives of Israeli Foreign Affairs and Tourism Ministries, Mayor of Jerusalem, Members of the diplomatic community, Journalists, members of Ethiopia Friendship Association and guests drawn from various institutions in Israel. Ethiopian cultural restaurants and Importers of Ethiopian Coffee in Israel took part in the exhibition. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Special Envoy of Ethiopia to Israel, RetaAlemu, while delivering a welcoming speech, said the exhibition is mainly aimed at promoting unique features of Ethiopian Coffee to the world.
Office of the Federal Attorney-General said it has started its investigation into the new Amnesty International report on “grave human rights violations.” “We respect human rights, not for any reason but the protection of our people and for justice,” AdanechAbiebie, Attorney General, said in a post to her Facebook page on Tuesday (June 02). “We have looked at the report of Amnesty International and have started our investigation on the matter. Now, we are working on finalizing our investigation and checking the content and process of the report for actuality and neutrality,” she said. “After the investigation is complete, where the report is correct, we will take the necessary steps to remedy the problem and where the report is false or exaggerated, we shall discuss with Amnesty International and let the report be corrected accordingly,” she added.
Ethiopia and Spain expressed the need to forge a joint approach in their efforts to mitigate and prevent the COVId-19 pandemic. This was related on Monday (June 01) in a phone conversation held between Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, GeduAndargachew, and his Spaniard counterpart Ms. Arancha González Laya. (See article)
Forbes on Sunday (May 31) has listed seven countries that have the potential to become major tourist destinations in a post-COVID World. Ethiopia is the first amongst the list. In listing the reasons for selecting Ethiopia as one of the most attractive tourist destinations, Forbes writes, “Out of the 54 nations that make up Africa, one could make the argument that Ethiopia has the most fascinating historic background – it was the second civilization on earth to adopt Christianity, the only African nation to defeat a European power in battle and resist colonialism during the Scramble for Africa, and it’s believed that our earliest human ancestors first came from this fertile region. Visitors to this unique country will find a truly diverse scope of natural beauty – the western edges of Ethiopia are home to lush rainforest, which quickly gives way to the towering peaks of the Ethiopian Highlands as one ventures east.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia issued a statement referring to the incident of 28 May 2020 along the border area between Ethiopia and the Sudan with great dismay and expressing its deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of both countries. (See article)
The government of Ethiopia on Saturday (May 30) announced that it has repatriated 323 of its citizens from Lebanon. Upon arrival at Bole International Airport, the returnees were welcomed by State Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia TsionTeklu and, other high-ranking government officials including Maureen Achieng, IOM Chief of Mission to Ethiopia. In addition to the 333 returnees that have arrived in Addis Ababa last Thursday, the Government has covered the costs of the trip in repatriating Saturday’s arrivals too. The government announced that it would continue to identify its citizens who are living in unbearable conditions abroad and provide assistance to those who want to return home voluntarily.
The UN on Friday (May 29) reported that excessive heavy rains that started in April in Ethiopia have led to flooding, displacement, loss of lives and livelihoods, as well as damage to infrastructure in different parts of the country. According to authorities, flooding has affected more than 470,000 people, of whom over 300,000 people are displaced. The Government, the UN, and other humanitarian agencies and communities are responding to the needs of flood-affected and displaced people, although with limitations. The UN said that $25.6 million is urgently required to address unmet needs as well as early recovery support.
Contribution by nationals to augment the National Fund to combat the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Eritrean Ministry of Information announced. The Ministry quoting reports said, various administration areas in the Southern and Central regions, cooperative associations, and religious institutions contributed a total of 63 thousand and 808 Nakfa. Similarly, small businesses in the Gash Barka, Northern Red Sea, and Central regions contributed a total of 193 thousand and 543 Nakfa. 20 individuals also contributed a total of 132 thousand Nakfa. In related news, the Ministry said, several administrative areas, owners of small businesses and members of the Eritrean Defense Forces extended food items and sanitation materials to disadvantaged families in their area while many nationals inside the country and abroad decided that the families renting their houses to live free of rental payment ranging from one to four months.
The government of Djibouti Delivered Food aid to Beledweyne Flood victims in Somalia on Monday (June 01). Hiraan governor Ali Jeyte Osman received the consignment at UgaasKhalif airport. AbdiWaare, the state president of Hirshabelle thanked the government of Djibouti for sending humanitarian support. “We appreciate the president of Djibouti, Ismael Omar Gelle, the people and troops serving under the AMISOM peacekeeping mission.” Many people were displaced after the river burst its banks’ many people are now living in IDPs.
The UN on Friday (May 29) reported that seasonal heavy rains in Kenya have affected nearly 302,000 people in 43 of the 47 counties. Currently, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society, over 211,000 people are displaced, up from 116,000 at the beginning of the month. Nearly 27,000 livestock have been lost and over 30,000 acres of crops submerged, increasing the risk of food insecurity across the country. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated $3 million to the response, which will support partners in providing shelter, food, water, sanitation, and health services to the affected population. Emergency shelter and non-food items have been distributed to over 5,600 households.
The Kenyan government has facilitated the evacuation of 120 Kenyan teachers who were stranded in Somalia amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The teachers landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) aboard a Daallo Airlines flight last week on Thursday evening from the Garowe area in Somalia. Most of the evacuated teachers worked in Yamays, Dawaad, and Rasasyr international schools in Galkayo, Garowe, and Bosaso.
Galmudug regional state president Ahmed AbdiKariye (Qoor-Qoor) on Thursday (June 04) hailed the construction of the port in the city of Hobyo as a game-changer to the Somali economy. He said that his administration was well placed to complete the required job and that they would not seek any external help. Galmudug president said, ” the people of Galmudug can construct the port without other people’s help”. He reiterated that the operation to disarm the clan militias to surrender their weapon is still ongoing.
Two airlines operating in Somalia have had their licenses withdrawn on Monday (June 01) over Khat smuggling. Somalia banned imports of khat in the wake of COVID 19 to avert the spread. According to government officials, the government has accused Buff AIR SERVICES airlines of illegally transporting Khat to Buhodle town on 26 May and in violation of the Somali government’s ban on COVID-19 revoked its license. Also, Silverstone Air Service was accused of illegally importing khat and transporting to Jowhar on 31 May in the name of Carrying medical supply. Khat was banned in a bid to combat the spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Somalia will push ahead with plans to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in early 2021, removing doubt that it will delay the vote because of the spread of Covid-19. “Holding a timely election is more important than anything else at this time and it’s one of the primary goals which the public entrusted us,” Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre said on Sunday (May 31) in a speech following a cabinet meeting.
The UN on Friday (May 29) reported that seven Somali health workers were abducted on May 28 from a mother and child health clinic run by an NGOin Gololey village in the Middle Shabelle region. These seven health workers and another civilian were subsequently killed. The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Adam Abdelmoula, said any attacks against medical facilities and personnel are unacceptable and a breach of international humanitarian law and any common decency. He called for a thorough and transparent investigation.
In related news, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) condemns the abduction and deliberate killing of seven health workers and a civilian at a local health center in Gololey village in the Balcad District of HirShabelle State on May 28, 2020. “I am shocked by the senseless killings of civilians. Deliberate attacks against health professionals and facilities are a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law and constitute a war crime in non-international armed conflicts,” said the Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira. The African Union Mission in Somalia, presents its sincere condolences to the bereaved families, the people, and the government of Somalia, for the loss of these dedicated citizens.
South Sudan President SalvaKiir on Thursday (June 04) appointed Nhial Deng Nhial as new Minister of Presidential Affairs after firing his former Minister MayiikAyii Deng. Nhial took the oath of office before President Kiir in a ceremony attended by Vice-Presidents Rebecca Garang and Taban Deng, Senior Presidential advisor KuolManyangJuuk and SPLM Secretary-General JemmaNunuKumba.
South Sudan denied claims that it approved a request to set up an Egyptian military base in the country, according to a government statement late on Wednesday (June 03). “There is nothing of that kind,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. “No agreement has been reached whatsoever to allocate a piece of land for Egyptian Military Base in the territory of the Republic of South Sudan.” It said South Sudan denies claims “circulated in social media that the Government of South Sudan has agreed to Egyptian request to build a military base in Pagak.” Pagak is a town in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, near the border with Ethiopia.
In related news, Ambassador of South Sudan to Ethiopia, James Pitia Morgan, said his country won’t do anything that could harm Ethiopia. Ambassador Morgan’s remarks came following information shared on social media claiming that South Sudan had agreed to Egyptian request for a military base in Pagak. “The information is completely false,” he said in a press conference issued to local journalists on Thursday (June 04) in Addis Ababa. “The information is shared by a group who has the interest to undermine the existing cooperation between the two countries,” said the ambassador.
A batch of South Korean peacekeepers has left Seoul heading to South Sudan where they are expected to arrive on Monday (June 01) three months after its initial scheduled date due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic. On 3 March 2020, South Sudan suspended until further notice the rotation of peacekeepers from five countries China, Cambodia, India, Nepal, and South Korea. The suspension coincided with the replacement of a 300-troop South Korean contingent deployed in South Sudan’s Bor area, known as the Hanbit Unit or Reconstruction Assistance Force.
South Sudan’s Vice President James WaniIgga has tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the third vice-president and the fifth member of the government to catch the respiratory disease. South Sudan’s vice-president, James WaniIgga informed the country of his infection in statements to South Sudan’s TV on Saturday (May 29). “My samples were taken for testing a few days ago and today it has been found positive for corona,” he said. “I encourage all South Sudanese to really go for testing. This is very important so that we stop the spread of this pandemic to more people,” he further said.
In a videoconference meeting held on Thursday (June 04), the Security Council of the United Nations extended the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) until 31 December, deciding that the peacekeeping mission will maintain its current troop and police ceilings during this period. (See article).
The Sudanese negotiating parties, the government and the Revolutionary Front (SRF) have achieved a “very significant progress” in the peace talks, said the South Sudanese mediation on Thursday (June 04). Speaking to the press after a videoconference session of talks between the two parties from Juba, DhieuMatouk told reporters that the two parties agreed on 25 of the 29 issues on the agenda of the talks. The peace talks which are approaching their deadline of 20 June are now focused on security arrangements, national and pending issues.
Sudanese Prime Minister AbdallahHamdok pledged to hold accountable the responsible for the bloody attack on the pro-democracy sit-in last year where over one hundred people were killed and hundreds injured or abused. On Wednesday (June 03) Sudanese marked the first commemoration of the brutal attack on the main site of protests outside the headquarters of the Sudanese army on 3 June.
The African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) on Monday (June 01) requested the UN Security Council to extend the UNAMID mandate until 31 December but at the same time called to separate Darfur operation and transition in Sudan. On Friday 29 May, the Security Council decided to delay its decision on the troops’ drawdown until 3 June to allow more consultations about the UNAMID withdrawal and the political support mission requested by the Sudanese government. The PSC “Appeals to the United Nations Security Council to consider the situation in Sudan separately from the mandate of UNAMID and to also ensure that any future mission to be deployed in Sudan should be under Chapter VI mandate of the UN Charter,” said the PSC in a statement adopted in a meeting held on 21 May.
Security conditions are not met for the withdrawal of the hybrid peacekeeping operation from the western Sudan region, said Darfur armed groups participating in the Juba-mediated peace process in Juba. The Security Council is expected to extend the withdrawal of the UNMAID for 31 December as the UN peacekeeping department it was not possible to meet the initial date of 31 October due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 measures on the drawdown schedule. In a statement extended to the media, Ahmed TugodLissan, the Chief Negotiator for the groups of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) participating in Darfur Track said that UNAMID is needed to protect civilians due to the “fragile” security situation.
A spokesperson for the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) which spearheaded protests that led to the ouster of former President Omer al-Bashir on April 11, said that their support for separating religion from the state aims to promote the peace process. On Saturday (May 31), the SPA announced its support for separating religion from the state. This announcement came in the wake of a declaration by the Sudanese Congress Party (SCoP) expressing its support for the negotiating position of the SPLM-N al-Hilu calling to reaching an agreement on the secular state during the peace talks.
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on the Ethiopia-Sudan Border Incident
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia refers with great dismay the incident of 28 May 2020 along the border area between Ethiopia and the Sudan and hereby expresses its deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of both countries.
In the spirit of containing the situation on the ground and avoiding any further tension, the Ministry urges that the two countries should work together through existing military mechanisms to address and jointly investigate circumstances surrounding the incident. The Ministry strongly believes that there is no honorable reason for the two countries to descend into hostility and calls for the need to continue the close collaboration between neighboring local and regional administrations to ensure peace and security in the border area. We are of the view that such incidents are best addressed through diplomatic discussion based on the cordial and friendly relation and peaceful coexistence between the two countries. We believe that the incident does not represent the strong ties between the peoples of the two countries.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia wishes to underscore the importance of further strengthening the cordial and friendly atmosphere that reflects the longstanding fraternal relations between the two countries based on good neighborliness and mutual understanding.
Statement of the Chairperson following the murder of George Floyd in the USA
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission MoussaFakiMahamat, in a statement issued on Friday (May 29), strongly condemns the murder of George Floyd that occurred in the United States of America at the hands of law enforcement officers and wishes to extend his deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
Recalling the historic Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) Resolution on Racial Discrimination in the United States of America made by African Heads of State and Government, at the OAU’s First Assembly Meeting held in Cairo, Egypt from 17 to 24 July 1964, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission firmly reaffirms and reiterates the African Union’s rejection of the continuing discriminatory practices against Black citizens of the United States of America.
He further urges the authorities in the United States of America to intensify their efforts to ensure the total elimination of all forms of discrimination based on race or ethnic origin.
UN Security Council Extends UNAMID mandate till December
In a videoconference meeting held on Thursday (June 04), the Security Council of the United Nations extended the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) until 31 December, deciding that the peacekeeping mission will maintain its current troop and police ceilings during this period.
According to a statement issued by the UN, “the Council expressed its intention to decide by 31 December courses of action regarding UNAMID’s drawdown and exit.” “The mission’s strategic priority will be the protection of civilians, including by supporting Sudan’s capacity to carry out that duty and by preserving requisite capacity, particularly in Jebel Marra.”
The Council underscored that UNAMID will retain its responsibility for civilian protection in Darfur without prejudice to Sudan’s primary duty in this regard, the statement reads. According to the statement, the council reiterated its requests that UNAMID and the newly established United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) create a coordination mechanism to determine the modalities and timelines for the handover of responsibilities where they have common strategic priorities in Darfur.
The Council also called on UNAMID and Sudan’s Government to finalize swiftly a revised framework agreement which ensures the principle of civilian end-use, as well as the security and physical integrity of the handed‑over UNAMID team sites and assets that will not be used by UNITAMS and its integrated United Nations country team partners.
The 15-member organ also called on Sudan to swiftly conclude its investigations into recent looting of previously handed‑over UNAMID team sites and to continue to hold accountable individuals who participated in such incidents.
Ethiopia reiterates its call to International Partners for support to Ethiopian migrants
State Minister TsionTeklu hosted a webinar on Wednesday (June 03) with International partners to discuss the situation of Ethiopian migrants residing in some countries in Africa and the Middle East. The webinar was held against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on migrants. The aim was to discuss how migrants who find themselves in a difficult condition under the current circumstances can be assisted where they are at the moment.
In her opening remarks, State Minister TsionTeklu explained that large scale migratory movements lend the coronavirus the mobility it needs to spread. She noted, the expulsion and deportation of migrants further expose them to the coronavirus. In this regard, she referred to the decision by the African Union Peace and Security which condemned mass deportations and called for an international moratorium on mass returns until the fight against COVID-19 has been won. She also mentioned the United Nations Network on Migration, which has similarly pronounced itself on this issue, calling for the suspension of forced returns during the pandemic and redirection States towards including migrants in national responses to COVID-19.
The State Minister further explained that the Government of Ethiopia has established 50 quarantine centers to provide shelter, humanitarian, and health services to returnees, with the support of the International Organization for Migration, cognizant of its obligation under international law to accept the return of its nationals. To date, over 14,441 Ethiopian migrants have returned but with the domestic infection rate rising, she noted the challenge this could pose in seriously overstretching the country’s capacity. In this regard, she expressed the government’s commitment to continue to engage in constructive dialogue with countries hosting Ethiopian migrants in need of humanitarian protection and assistance.
She took the opportunity to thank all the host countries for accommodating Ethiopiannationals and expressed hope that they will continue this kind gesture together with partners. She also expressed profound appreciation to the Ethiopian community members and leaders in countries where these migrants are present in huge numbers, for their relentless dedication and commitment to contributing their share, mobilizing resources, and coordinating the “sharing of dinning” request made by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. State MinisterTsion indicated that the Prime Minister has been very keen to ensure that all street people, many of them non-Ethiopian (e.g. Syrian and Yemeni refugees and migrants) do not get forgotten in the COVID19 response efforts.
The State Minister concluded her remarks by reiterating Ethiopia’s commitment to forging international cooperation around migration management practices that prioritizes migrants’ health, wellbeing, and human rights. As the international community intensifies efforts to combat COVID-19, she underscored the need for solidarity to successfully combat COVID19 and mitigate its socio-economic impact on individuals, families, and communities.
On her part, Dr. Catherine Sozi, UN Resident Coordinator in Ethiopia, who delivered brief remarks at the Webinar, said that no one can fight the COVID-19 or manage migration alone. In this regard, she expressed the UN’s commitment to supporting Ethiopia to manage returns during this pandemic. She also highlighted the recent report released by the United Nations on people on the move, particularly the plight of vulnerable women and girls. She underlined the need to uphold the dignity of migrants. The African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Ambassador MinataSamate who also attended the Webinar delivered a brief remark highlight what the African Union has been doing to address the issue of migrants.
This was followed by a brief intervention by Ambassador TesfayeYilma, Ethiopia’s Permanent Representative to the African Union and UNECA. He expounded on the discussion at the level of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, Ethiopia being the current member, and the decision by the AUPSC condemning mass deportation of migrants and called for an international moratorium on mass returns until the fight against COVID-19 has been won. On his part, Mr. DawitYirga, Director General for International Organizations stressed the need for protecting the most vulnerable populations and those least able to protect themselves. He referred to what the United Nations Secretary-General, who said that “International Humanitarian, human rights and refugee law continues to apply, even –and especially – in challenging times like these”. He, therefore, expressed hope that international partners will consider irregular migrants in need when working together with the national committee led by the Ministry of Finance.
Following a brief question and comment from participants, State Minister Tsion concluded the webinar by assuring the participants of the Ministry’s desire to continue engaging with partners on this important issue.
Ethiopia, Spain Stress on Sharing Experiences in fighting COVID-19
Ethiopia and Spain expressed the need to forge a joint approach in their efforts to mitigate and prevent the COVId-19 pandemic. This was related on Monday (June 01) in a phone conversation held between Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, GeduAndargachew, and his Spaniard counterpart Ms. Arancha González Laya.
During the conversation, Gedu expressed his sympathy to the government of Spain and its people on the loss of lives to the pandemic. The Foreign Ministers also said that Ethiopia and Spain should further strengthen their bilateral relations through sharing experiences gained in mitigating and containing measures against the virus.
In their talks regarding the GERD, Gedu presented explanations regarding Ethiopia’s stance to equitably and reasonably utilize its water resources in line with accepted principles of ‘causing no significant harm’ as well as cooperation.
The Foreign Ministers have noted the importance of applying the principles laid out in the DoP and the spirit of the document as well to resolve outstanding issues in the tripartite talks and to reach mutually beneficial agreements.
A Week in the Horn 22.05.2020
News in Brief
UN Secretary-General Calls for Continued GERD Tripartite Talks
Ethiopia Briefs Resident Ambassadors in Addis Ababa about GERD
PMO Delivers Briefings on COVID-19 and Green Legacy Initiative
Ethiopia, Sudan Conclude High-level Political Committee Meeting on Border Issues
Africa and the African Union
Ambassador Josefa Sacko, African Union Commissioner (AUC) for Rural Economy and Agriculture last week on Thursday (May 14), briefed the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) on measures being taken by the Department to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on food security in Africa. The brief centered on the status of the food system before COVID-19, the impact of Covid-19 on the food system and the response by her Department in mitigating the pandemic.
An African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) unit in Bilis Qooqani town on Friday (May 15) stopped a late-night attack on Jubaland Security Forces (JSF), killing and arresting several terrorists in the process, a statement issued by AMISOM said. AMISOM forces recovered several AK 47 rifles and rounds of ammunition from Al Shabaab elements who were neutralized during the foiled attack. The statement further stated that the two Jubaland Forces wounded in the ensuing battle are currently receiving treatment at the AMISOM Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Bilis Qooqani.
UNMISS said in a statement on Wednesday (May 20) that a patrol of military and civilian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan has reached communities in Pieri, in northern Jonglei, who were affected by a series of intercommunal clashes at the weekend. The team is investigating reports that many people were killed, injured and lost their homes during the sudden outbreak of violence between armed Murle youth and Lou Nuer fighters. The patrol heard first-hand from local community members and military commanders about the impact of the violence, including testimony from relatives of people who were killed, injured and fled their homes.
In a new policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on the African continent, the Secretary-General of the United Nations highlights the continent’s swift response to the pandemic, but also calls for global solidarity with Africans now and to recover better. In a video message recorded on Thursday (May 20), the Secretary-General said that most African countries have moved rapidly to deepen regional coordination, deploy health workers, and enforce quarantines, lockdowns and border closures. “[Africans] are also drawing on the experience of HIV/AIDS and Ebola to debunk rumors and overcome mistrust of Government, security forces and health workers,” said Mr. Guterres adding, “But, despite these efforts, the pandemic threatens progress achieved on the continent and will aggravate long-standing inequalities.
Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and his high-level delegation held virtual talks with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdala Hamdok on Thursday (May 21). The discussions focused on exploring amicable solutions related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) to resolve outstanding and misunderstood issues between the two parties. Responding to concerns raised by the Sudanese side, clarity was provided on environmental issues, dam safety and data exchange facilitation, according to the office of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister also provided progress information on the issues raised and highlighted the role the GERD will play in strengthening the economies of three countries concerned. Agreement was made for technical level discussions to continue, led by the Ministers of Water Affairs of the countries.
The outgoing ambassador of Ethiopia to Sudan, Shiferaw Jarso, on Thursday (May 21) held talks with Lt Gen Abdel Fattah Al Burhan, President of Sudan’s Sovereign Council. The two sides discussed on how to further strengthen ties between the two countries and their long tradition of resolving border related issue through dialogue. Al Burhan thanked the ambassador and Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed for contributing a lot to the restoration of peace and establishment of a transitional government in Sudan. Ambassador Shiferaw for his part extended his gratitude to the people and government of Sudan for the supports he was provided with during his stay in the country.
Ethiopia on Thursday (May 21) conducted 3,747 laboratory tests for COVID-19, out of which nine people have tested positive. All the confirmed cases are Ethiopian nationals, with the youngest being 20 years old and oldest 49 years, according to a statement by the Ministry of Health. One patient has recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 123. Ethiopia has so far conducted 69, 507 laboratory tests and recorded 398 confirmed cases, with five deaths.
Minister of Waters, Irrigation and Energy Dr. Engineer Sileshi Bekele on Thursday (May 21) held a virtual discussion with Morocco’s Minister of Energy, Minerals, and Environment, Aziz Rabbah on ways of strengthening partnership in the field of renewable energy among their respective countries. The two ministers examined prospects for bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of renewable energies, where several opportunities exist for developing projects of mutual interest between the two nations.
The Chinese based Tencent Foundation has donated medical supplies to help Ethiopia in its efforts to curb the spread of the virus. Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed on Thursday (May 21) expressed his gratitude to Ma Huateng founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foundation.
Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew and United Kingdom’s Minister for Africa, H. E. James Duddridge on Wednesday (May 20) held a video-conference call to discuss bilateral and regional issues between the two countries. Mr. Gedu gave briefings about Ethiopia’s stance on the GERD and reiterated the importance of returning back to the trilateral talks among Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt since dialogue is the only viable option to solve disputable issues. The discussion also covered the COVID-19 pandemic and UK support to the Ethiopian and wider African response to the scourge. Mr. Duddridge reaffirmed that the UK will continue to support Ethiopia’s and Africa’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said unresolved issues regarding the GERD should be solved through dialogue.
Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Gedu Andargachew on Wednesday (May 20) bade farewell to the departing German Ambassador Brita Wagener. Gedu appreciated the German ambassador for her unrelenting efforts in further enhancing the long-standing relationship between the two countries. Ambassador Brita said she was happy during her stay in Ethiopia and thanked the Government and the people of Ethiopia for helping her spend a fruitful time in the country. During the occasion, the two sides underscored that cooperation between Ethiopia and Germany in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic should continue.
Rainbow Push Coalition urged US Congressional Black Caucus to pass a resolution against Egypt’s Letter to the UN Security Council, in a letter issued on Wednesday (May 20). According to the VOA, the letter indicated Egypt’s letter to the UN Security Council pushes Ethiopia into signing a neo-colonial agreement that will make Egypt hegemony over the Nile River. The letter wrote to USA’s Congressional Black Caucus Chairperson Karen Bass signed by Founder of Rainbow Coalition and the renowned Civil Rights Advocate Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and its Chairman William D. Dickerson said Egypt’s claim is inexplicable for 85% of the waters of the Nile River originate from Ethiopia. The source of Ethio-Egypt dispute is a colonial legacy that Egypt is trying to hang on to, the letter said. The letter indicated that Ethiopia has done everything in accordance with international water laws.
Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians has donated COVID 19 protective supplies and testing kits amounting 11. 5 Million Birr to Ministry of Health on Wednesday (May 20). While receiving the donation, Ministry of Health Dr. Liya Tadesse said protective supplies offered by the alliance have a great role to reinforce the national COVID 19 control and prevention activities. Coordinator of the support, Amha Mekonnen said the donation includes Face Masks, Gloves, Instant Sanitizers, Test Kits and other protective equipment.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations in a statement issued on Tuesday (May 2019) said he is closely following developments related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). He noted the good progress in the negotiations between the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Republic of Sudan thus far and he encouraged the three parties to persevere with efforts to peacefully resolve any remaining differences and to achieve a mutually beneficial agreement. (See article).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia in collaboration with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity on 18-19 May 2020 gave briefings about the construction, filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as well as the various trilateral meetings held with Egypt and Sudan to African, Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern Countries’ ambassadors residing in Addis Ababa. (See article)
The Prime Minister Office of Ethiopia on Tuesday (May 19) gave a short video briefing on key progress updates on COVID-19 and the launch of the Green Legacy Planting season. Taking the recent upsurge of COVID-19 cases into consideration, the statement said that the risk of spread still exists and people should continue to strictly adhere to measures that have been put in place by the government. The statement also covered COVID-19 mitigation and prevention measures that have been taken by the ministerial committee which was established to achieve this end. Drawing lessons from the experiences of tree planting initiatives in the previous year, the Prime Minister Office announced: “this year there has been a lot of work to prepare and meet the target that has been set for 5 billion trees within the rainy season.” (See article)
Finland has provided a €4 million support to help finance the implementation of Ethiopia’s One WASH National Program II (OWNP II). Ambassador of Finland to Ethiopia, Helena Airaksinen, signed the agreement representing her country. In a tweet on Monday (May 18), ambassador Airaksinen said that the agreement was made “to support Ethiopia to improve water and sanitation services and hygiene, which are all essential in COVID19 prevention.”
Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to create a conducive environment for the resolution of the border issues between the two neighbors and to follow-up discussions next month. The agreement was announced in a joint statement released on Monday at the end of the meeting of the ’High-level Political Committee Meeting on Border Issues’ from 16 to 18 May in Addis Ababa. “The two countries have agreed to continue the discussion and to create a conducive environment for the resolution of the boundary issues within the existing frameworks and on the basis of agreed and signed documents,” reads the statement. Further, the parties agreed “to strengthen cooperation, to combat any illegal activities and ensure the security of people along the border area and reinforce people-to-people relations.” (See article)
The Ministry of Information stated that Eritrea’s senior delegation composed of Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane Gebreab met with First Vice President of the Sovereign Council, Mohammed Hamdan Deglo, and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in Khartoum on 17 and 18 May 2020. The discussions focused on bilateral ties and regional cooperation. At the meetings, the First Vice President Mohammed Hamdan Deglo expressed appreciation for President Isaias’ initiative to spur the partnership with Sudan and his efforts to promote regional cooperation. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok for his part underlined the dividend of partnership and joint efforts of both countries for viable regional integration.
The 29th Independence Day Anniversary will be celebrated under the theme “Resilience and Progress”, the chairman of the National Holidays Coordinating Committee, Ambassador Zemede Tekle stated on Sunday (May 17). According to Ambassador Zemede, the 29th Independence Anniversary will be celebrated under prevailing global reality of the spread of corona virus and lockdown guidelines.
Ministry of Health announced last Friday (May 15) that one patient has recovered fully after standard tests at the National Laboratory and was released from hospital on the same day. This result means that all 39 confirmed cases in the country to-date have recovered fully. The Ministry said, “this important milestone should not induce complacency at this point in time.”
The United States Africa Command (Africom) on Monday (May 18) confirmed the killing of two terrorists inside Qunyo Barrow area in Sothern Somalia on Sunday. In a statement, Africom said the two were killed in an air strike targeting Al Shabaab militants in an operation conducted in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia. “The US support to our Somali partners is and will remain strong,” said Africom’s director of operations Major General William Gayler. The statement claimed that there were no reported civilian casualties in the strike.
Somali Health Ministry on Tuesday (May 19) confirmed 47 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total tally of infections to 1,502. Fawziya Abikar, the Health Minister said the new patients are from the semi-autonomous region of Puntland which has 19, Banadir 13, Somaliland 8 and South West 7. Abikar said two patients succumbed to the deadly respiratory disease, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic was reported in the country to 59. She said 15 people recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of people who have been discharged from hospitals to 178.
HirShabelle state president Mohamed Abdi Waare on Monday (May 18) has presided over a key regional cabinet meeting held in Beledweyne city. The meeting focused on the current humanitarian situation in the Hiran region and ongoing efforts to mitigate the flood crisis in Beledweyne resulted from the heavy Gu’ rainfall. HirShabelle state leader urged his cabinet to work tirelessly and step up the mission to prevent the River Shabelle from flooding again to the town and nearby environs. The city has seen recurrent floods that uprooted hundreds of Somali families who became often IDPs in the region with no adequate humanitarian assistance from aid agencies.
A suicide bomb attack has killed a governor in Puntland state on Sunday (May 17), the second top official assassinated in the northeastern Federal State since March. Ahmed Muse Nur and several security guards were reported to have been killed in a huge blast targeted his vehicle while travelling in northern Galkayo city. Some reports suggest that the attack occurred outside the governor’s office. Last March, Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that killed Nugal governor and former regional police boss in Garowe city.
In Kenya, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and other aid agencies as well as the Government are strengthening their COVID-19 response, after authorities confirmed that two people tested positive for the virus in the Dadaab refugee camp. In Dadaab, isolation and quarantine centers with nearly 1,000 additional beds have been constructed, and 125 handwashing stations are being installed at food distribution sites, schools and markets, the United Nations stated in a statement issued on Thursday (May 20).
The International Court of Justice has postponed a hearing into Somalia and Kenya’s long-running maritime dispute by another 10 months following Kenya’s petition. Both countries claim sovereignty of an area in the Indian Ocean that is thought to be rich in oil and gas. The BBC reported that a letter sent by the court to both parties stated that the hearing scheduled for early June is now is delayed to 15 March 2021 due to the exceptional circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kenya has shut its borders with Somalia and Tanzania as the country strives to stem further spread of the coronavirus. In a televised address to the nation on Saturday (May 16), President Uhuru Kenyatta said he was imposing more measures after it emerged that some of the cases had crossed the border from Tanzania and Somalia. “If we do not take additional precautionary measures and get even more serious in implementing existing guidelines, the number of people who will get sick and die is going to rise sharply,” said President Kenyatta. The decree, effective Saturday midnight, does not affect cargo vehicles.
More than 200 people were killed and at least 300 others wounded in inter-communal clashes last weekend in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, according to local leaders. Local officials say armed youth suspected of being from the Greater Pibor Administrative Area carried out attacks in four villages on Saturday and Sunday. Young men reported to be wearing military uniforms raided several villages and burned two Uror County villages – Pieri and Pamai – to the ground, according to Pal Mai, former deputy secretary general of the now defunct Bieh state.
South Sudan’s First Vice President Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny have tested positive for Covid-19. Dr. Machar on Monday (May 18) said that he and his wife, who is also the Defense minister, had contracted the virus after interacting with infected members of the High-Level Taskforce on Covid-19, a team drafted to help fight the pandemic. A statement from his office said a number of his staffers, including security guards, also contracted the virus. South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir sent a message on Wednesday to his First Vice-President Riek Machar wishing him a speedy recovery. In a related news, South Sudan’s Information Minister and government spokesman, Michael Makuei, has also tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Alor Koul, chief administrator for Abyei, reacted positively on Monday (May 18) to word that the United Nations Security Council extended the mandate for Abyei for six months, but cautioned that renewing the U.N. mandate will not alone solve the dispute between Sudan and South Sudan over who controls the area. The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Thursday to extend the mandate of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and urged Khartoum, Juba and local communities to take all necessary steps to ensure that the area is effectively demilitarized and to fully cooperate with UNISFA.
A senior Sudanese official revealed that Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok discussed on Wednesday (May 20) with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir supplying Khartoum with additional oil crude for gasoline refined in Sudan. “Khartoum asked Juba to supply it with more than 20,000 barrels per day after the global decline in oil prices and in exchange Sudan will give South Sudan gasoline from El-Obeid refinery after refining the crude,” said the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Hamid Suleiman.
The head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council reiterated the position of his country that no peacekeepers are needed in Darfur region after the exit of the hybrid operation (UNAMID) from the western Sudan province. Abdel-Fattah al Burhan on Monday (May 18) received UNAMID chief Jeremiah Mamabolo who briefed him about the ongoing discussions between the African Union and the United Nations over the situation in Darfur after the planned withdrawal of the blue helmets by the 31 October 2020.
Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to create a conducive environment for the resolution of the border issues between the two neighbors and to follow-up discussions next month. The agreement was announced in a joint statement released on Monday at the end of the meeting of the ’High-level Political Committee Meeting on Border Issues’ from 16 to 18 May in Addis Ababa. (See article)
The transitional government and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) will initial the peace agreement on 20 June, announced the South Sudanese mediation on Sunday (May 17). The eight-month process had initially to last for two months but the parties continued to extend it month after month until the 9th of May when the mediation extended the negotiations with no time limit, as some observers say the process has lost momentum. After consultations with the parties, the South Sudanese mediation Sunday released a time table of the talks showing that the discussions will resume on 18 May and be concluded on 19 June.
Sudan’s donor conference will be held on 25 June, disclosed the European Union’s foreign affairs chief Joseph Borrell on Saturday (May 16). “We are going to hold soon, on 25 June, the Sudan Partnership Conference, together with Germany, the United Nations and Sudan,” said Borell who was speaking in a press videoconference. “It will be an opportunity for the international community to recall and renew their support for the ongoing political transition in Sudan and include, I hope, concrete pledges,” he added.
UN Secretary-General Calls for Continued GERD Tripartite Talks
The Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres on Tuesday (May 19) issued a statement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) calling on Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to peacefully solve unresolved issues through dialogue along with the spirits of the 2015 Declaration of Principles on the GERD.
Noting the good progress in the negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, Mr. Guterres “encourages the three parties to persevere with efforts to peacefully resolve any remaining differences and to achieve a mutually beneficial agreement,” the statement said.
According to the statement, “The Secretary-General underscores the importance of the 2015 Declaration of Principles on the GERD, which emphasizes cooperation based on common understanding, mutual benefit, good faith, win-win, and the principles of international law.”
Mr. Guterres encourages progress towards an amicable agreement in accordance with the spirit of these Principles, the statement added.
It is known that the Declaration of Principles on the GERD emphasizes the equitable and reasonable utilization of the Nile water resources in line with accepted principles of ‘causing no significant harm’ as well as cooperation.
Ethiopia Briefs Resident Ambassadors in Addis Ababa about GERD
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia in collaboration with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity on 18-19 May 2020 gave briefings about the construction, filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as well as the various trilateral meetings held with Egypt and Sudan to African, Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern Countries’ ambassadors residing in Addis Ababa.
Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Dr. Eng. Seleshi Bekele and State Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Redwan Hussein gave the briefings to the African Ambassadors. Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Gedu Andargachew and Eng. Gedion Asafaw on the other hand briefed Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern Countries’ Ambassadors.
The national, regional, and continental level values that can be gained in building the dam have been explained in the presentation. The presenters also stressed Ethiopia’s commitment to equitably and reasonably utilize its water resources in line with accepted principles of ‘causing no significant harm’ as well as cooperation. Following the briefing, the Ambassadors thanked the presenters for clarifying cloudy issues regarding the dam and stressed on dialogue as the only option to solve contentious issues. The African Ambassadors, in particular, called on the need to solve African problems through Africans highlighting that countries in Africa or the African Union can mediate the GERD talks whenever necessary.
PMO Delivers Briefings on COVID-19 and Green Legacy Initiative
The Prime Minister Office of Ethiopia on Tuesday (May 19) gave a short video briefing on key progress updates on COVID-19 and the launch of the Green Legacy Planting season. Taking the recent upsurge of COVID-19 cases into consideration, the statement said that the risk of spread still exists and people should continue to strictly adhere to measures that have been put in place by the government. Since the first case that was announced within Ethiopia eight weeks ago and an initial responsiveness to precautionary measures that had been put in place, what we are witnessing is an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 cases is attributable to the gradual onset of complacency,” the statement said. The statement also covered COVID-19 mitigation and prevention measures that have been taken by the ministerial committee which was established to achieve this end.
According to the statement, the COVID-19 Ministerial Committee has been taking measures against breaches of the health state of emergency regulations that have been put in place. Hence, it said, “measures taken nationally over the past month against 44,200 establishments that were providing services that have been restricted or banned under the state of emergency including in breaches of physical distancing regulations. Similarly, action is continuously being taken against businesses that have been increasing prices on consumer goods hiding goods and not making them available to the market as necessary as well as related illegal activities.”
COVID-19 prevention and mitigation efforts around border areas have also been proceeding in close collaboration between federal and regional entities under the watchful eyes of the peace and security subcommittee, the statement said. “To this end,” said the statement, “a multi sectoral team has been dispatched to assess the needs in those areas and accordingly has been working to upgrade and expand the quarantine facilities that have been set up in that area.” “They have also been working to provide the necessary materials and equipment for these quarantine facilities as well as enhancing the border control measures to ensure that of COVID-19 cases are not on the increase in the border areas.” The statement also said that testing for cross-border truck drivers has also been ramped up.
As it relates to testing within the country, nationally, the testing capacity has been augmented with 26 laboratories. It’s to be recalled that when positive cases were announced within the country the nation did not have a strong testing capacities or facilities and in fact suspected cases would be sent outside of the country for testing but now there has been a concerted effort by the ministerial committee to expand these testing facilities and also ramp up the daily testing capacity that we have. According to the statement, “now we have 26 laboratories with 28 testing machines that have been put in place. As such on a daily basis we have seen the increase of actual testing being done nationally to be around 4,500, for example, in the past week. And the maximum testing capacity has increased to 7,500 within the new laboratories that have been operational.”
In concluding the briefing on the COVID-19 prevention and mitigation efforts, the statement said, “it’s still imperative that all continue to follow the regulations or the measures that have been put in place by the State of Emergency Committee as they have been put in place to ensure that the spread is contained and that we are not pushed into a full-blown health crisis with grave consequences to the economy and data livelihoods.”
Proceeding to the second issue, i.e., the launch of the green legacy planting season as the part of the briefing, the statement said that the Government has drawn lessons from the experiences of tree planting initiatives in the previous year and plan to plant 5 billion trees within the rainy season for this year. The statement also recalled that last year in 2019 Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a national initiative aimed at planting 4 billion trees during the rainy season calling upon all citizens or all friends of Ethiopia living within the country to plant 40 trees per person, adding, “Coordination efforts had been spearheaded nationally and enabled reaching the goal set for that planting period.” The Ethiopian national planting day, i.e. July 29 2019, mobilized millions of people throughout the country to plant 353 million trees within a 12-hour period the statement said. According to the Ministry of Agriculture estimates, an average of 84 percent of all planted seedlings during the set target last year have been sustained.
Based on these lessons from last year as well as the preparation, the planting and all other related activities that had been undertaken to fulfill the set target last year and reviewing the lessons from what had had transpired, the statement said, “ this year there has been a lot of work to prepare and meet the target that has been set for 5 billion trees within the rainy season.” “So, the steering committee that was quite active last year chaired by the Minister of Agriculture has also been re-initiated.”
Nurseries throughout the country as have been preparing the requisite number of seedlings to be made available for the official launch of the planting season, the statement added. The briefing also noted that beyond aesthetics, the greening aspirations of the country is rooted in optimizing Ethiopia’s multi-faceted potential for development including in Eco-tourism as well and positioning Ethiopia to be a green and climate resilient economy. The statement ended saying that the Government is working on a clear roadmap for how people can plant in a COVID-19 responsive manner.
Ethiopia, Sudan Conclude High-level Political Committee Meeting
Ethiopia and Sudan have concluded their ‘High-level Political Committee Meeting on Border Issues’ that was held on 16-18 May 2020 in Addis Ababa issuing a joint press statement.
The meeting was held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere reflecting the longstanding fraternal relations between the two countries based on good neighborliness and mutual understanding, the statement said.
The statement further disclosed that the two countries have agreed to continue the discussion and to create a conducive environment for the resolution of the boundary issues within the existing frameworks and on the basis of agreed and signed documents.
Being cognizant of the current situation along the border area of the two countries, the meeting “agreed to strengthen cooperation and to combat any illegal activities and ensure the security of people along the border area and reinforce people-to-people relations.”
The joint statement also indicated that the two sides have agreed to convene the next follow up High-Level Political meeting in Khartoum by the end of June 2020.
In the Meeting, the Ethiopian delegation was led by Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, while, the Sudanese delegation was led by Omar Bashir Manis, Minister for Cabinet Affairs of Sudan.
Prior to the meeting, Omar Bashir Manis had delivered a message from the Prime Minister of Sudan Abdallah Hamdok to Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. The Prime Minister Office of Ethiopia disclosed that the two sides met “to discuss on key issues, including border issues, enhancing Ethiopia-Sudan economic ties, mitigating the effects of the COVID19 pandemic collaboratively and regional geopolitics.”
Policymakers in the United States have a bifurcated approach toward Egypt. On the one hand, human rights abuse under President Abdel Fattah el Sisi upset scholars, Congress, and even privately some diplomats. On the other hand, the White House and Pentagon appreciate Sisi's no-nonsense approach to deradicalization and counterterrorism operations. Whereas Mohamed Morsi, the late president ousted in a 2013 coup (or, as Sisi's supporters would say, revolution), was a Muslim Brotherhood acolyte who flirted with both the Islamic Republic of Iran and Hamas, Sisi refuses to work with either regime. In Libya, Sisi also supports Gen. Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the more secular Libyan National Army, against the Turkey- and Qatar-backed Islamist regime of Fayez al Sarraj. While Egypt's position contravenes official U.S. policy which continues to support the Islamists, more out of annoyance at Haftar's antics and flirtation with Moscow than from any more principled stand, behind the scenes, both the CIA and Pentagon are more comfortable with Haftar and quietly applaud Sisi's efforts.
U.S. support for Sisi and ambivalence toward Sarraj explain why the Trump administration downplayed a 2016 incident in which Egypt reportedly imported approximately 30,000 rocket-propelled grenades from North Korea in violation of an embargo on purchasing weapons from that country. While the incident occurred before Trump's watch, the decisions about ramifications followed Trump's inauguration. Initial press reporting suspected Egypt was the ultimate destination of that weaponry, but this likely was inaccurate: The Egyptian military largely uses American weaponry but, under late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan military relied on the Soviet Union and its satellites for its supplies. Even today, Haftar's army prefers the old East bloc weaponry upon which their senior leaders were trained. East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union are no more, but North Korea has similar weaponry,
Libya was a morass and proxy war before Cairo threw its weight behind Haftar, but the latest alleged Egyptian weapons transfer is different: It risks not only upending security in the Horn of Africa but also could catalyze a violent blowback in Cairo. At issue are reports that Egypt's Defense Ministry transferred more than a dozen types of weaponry to Somalia's Ministry of Defense in violation of a United Nations arms embargo. Cairo is playing a naive game of the enemy of my enemy is a friend. Egyptian authorities remain furious that the Ethiopians are moving ahead with the Grand Renaissance Dam, the completion of which could severely affect Nile flow into Egypt.
Somalia and Ethiopia are rivals, if not enemies. The two countries fought a bloody war in the late 1970s, and Ethiopian forces have entered Somalia several times since to push back Islamist forces or prevent their entrenchment in government. There are two problems, however.
First, there is a question of what the Federal Government of Somalia might do with the weaponry. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, Somalia's president, has not only diverted aid meant to counter al Shabab in order to better fight his democratic rivals, but he has also encouraged al Shabab to stage attacks outside Somalia. It is possible that the weaponry will destabilize Somalia further if not end up with al Shabab.
Second, there is Somalia's broader diplomatic orientation. Despite the tens of billions of dollars the West and international institutions have invested in Somalia and its stability, Farmajo has reoriented Somalia's foreign policy toward Turkey and Qatar, two states which actively fund the Muslim Brotherhood and more extreme groups, and remain hostile to Egypt. Farmajo has appointed Fahad Yasin, a former Al Jazeera journalist and an extremist himself, to be director-general of Somalia's National Intelligence and Security Agency. Farmajo also welcomes SADAT, a Turkish private contractor group that also trains and supplies Hamas. Farmajo and Yasin can divert weaponry transferred to Somalia outside international controls more easily to radical groups, many of which make common cause with Egypt's Islamist opposition.
If Egypt seeks to pressure Ethiopia over the Great Renaissance Dam, the best way for Cairo to move forward would be to take diplomatic or economic action against the dam's foreign financiers. But Sisi's current approach will fail: The weapons his government has allegedly provided the Somali government are far more likely to end up in the hands of anti-Egyptian radicals than those who seek to counter Ethiopia. Perhaps, for the sake of regional security, it is time for the Trump administration to stop turning a blind eye to Egypt's weapons trade.
Michael Rubin (@Mrubin1971) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. He is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a former Pentagon official.
When COVID-19 hit, Alpha Abebe immediately thought of the economic impact on all the people she has worked so closely within Toronto’s East African community – and how best to support them.
Experienced in community development and engagement work, Abebe, an assistant professor in McMaster’s Faculty of Humanities whose teaching largely focuses on equity and community leadership, quickly assembled a group of community leaders on WhatsApp to determine what was needed the most.
“Once information started coming out about government resources like the CERB [the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit] I realized how accessing it was going to be challenging for some people in the community, especially those with language barriers and limited technology skills,” she says.
Soon, an active group of volunteer translators mobilized to translate announcements and government resources into Amharic, Tigrinya, and other languages spoken in Ethiopia and Eritrea and made their work available on a multi-language website.
Eventually, an email address and a text helpline were set up for people to ask questions and request support. They were also able to share information about other community initiatives, such as volunteer grocery delivery.
The site now includes sections on health and medical advice, money and government benefits, and children’s education and resources. There are also tailored resources, such as an FAQ for taxi and rideshare drivers, because of how many people in the community work in this sector.
Abebe, who was born in Toronto and whose parents are Ethiopian, explains that many low-income community members are also employed in essential jobs, like personal support workers or manufacturing – which meant many people were trying to decipher the government’s directives while juggling childcare, homeschooling and anxiety about exposure to the virus.
Abebe describes one man who contacted the network daily with questions, who turned out to be helping more than 200 Tigrinya-speaking people in a community outside of Toronto, filling out more than 80 CERB applications for others.
“It’s been heartwarming to see how ready people were to fill the gaps that existed despite their own struggles,” Abebe says. “On the other hand, it’s hard to see how much need there was. People shouldn’t have to stand in the gap where the government and the private sector should be helping.”
By the end of April, the website had had more than 7,000 unique users – according to some estimates, more than 10 percent of the total Ethiopian and Eritrean community in the city.
While the work of the website has mostly concentrated on communities in Toronto, Abebe is now starting formal research to determine what the needs may be in the rest of the province, and how communities can work on their own as well as with government to meet those needs.
She hopes to eventually include the Somali community, which, along with the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities, are among the top five source countries for new refugees in Canada.
The pandemic has hit immigrant and racialized communities particularly hard, Abebe says, especially in the wake of funding cuts to community agencies – but the social solidarity is a silver lining in a challenging situation.
“The resilience and ingenuity of these communities in the absence of more structured support have been incredible. Pulling together these resources has definitely been a collective effort of dedication and support from many people.”
የጥምቀትን በዓል ለምታከብሩ ኢትዮጵያውያንና ትውልደ-ኢትዮጵያውያን በሙሉ
እንኳን ለብርሃነ ጥምቀቱ አድረሳችሁ እያልን መልካም በዓል ይሆንላችሁ ዘንድ እንመኛለን።
በኦታዋ የኢ.ፌ.ዴ.ሪ ኤምባሲ
We wish Ethiopians and Ethiopian origin in the diaspora,
a pleasantcelebration of Timkat (Ethiopian Epiphany).
The colorful Timkat festivity is inscribed as one of
the World's Intangible heritage by UNESCO along with
Meskel celebration, Gada system, Fiche Chambalala, Irrecha
Embassy of Ethiopia, Ottawa
ለመላው የክርስትና እምነት ተከታዮች ፣ እንኳን ለ2013 የኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ
የልደት በዓል አደረሳችሁ እያለ ኢምባሲው መልካም ምኞቱን ይገልፃል፡፡
The Embassy wishes all followers of Christianity a Merry Christmas!
The Embassy wishes all Muslim Ethiopians and of Ethiopian origin in Canada a Happy Mawlid.
Happy International Coffee Day!
ለመላው የክርስትና እምነት ተከታይ ኢትዮጵያዊያን እና ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያዊያን እንኳን ለመስቀል በዓል አደረሳችሁ።
በከናዳ ለምትገኙ ኢትዮጵያዊያንና ትውልደ-ኢትዮጵያዊን በሙሉ፣
ሚሲዮናችን “#አሻራዬን_አኖራለሁ!” በሚል መሪ ቃል ለታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ
እ.ኤ.አ ከኦገስት 15-19 ቀን 2020 ዓ.ም ለተከታታይ 5 ቀናት የሚቆይ
Virtual የገቢ ማሰባሰቢያ ፕሮግራም ለማካሄድ እንቅስቃሴ እየተደረገ ይገኛል::
በመሆኑም ገቢ ለማሰባሰብ የሚካሄደውን የonline Zoom ኮንፈረንስ እንድትሳተፉ እና
በhidase@ethioembassycanada.org በተከፈተ የአደራ አካውንት በe-tranfer በኩል እንዲሁም
በBank of Montreal አካውንት ቁጥር፡- 0005-1150-308፣
Transit number፡- 00056፣ Bank Code፡- 001
ድጋፍ በማድረግ የበኩላችሁን እንድታደርጉ አገራዊ ጥሪያችንን በትህትና እናቀርባለን!
በካናዳ፣ በኢትዮጵያ እንዲሁም በአለም ዙሪያ ለምትገኙ የእስልምና እምነት ተከታይ ኢትዮጵያዊያንና
ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያዊያን በሙሉ አንኳን ለ1441 ዓመተ-ሂጅራ የኢድ አል አዳሃ በዓል በሠላም አደረሳችሁ።
እንኳን ደስ አላችሁ ውድ የኢትዮጵያ ልጆች:-
ግድቡ የመጀመሪያ ሙሌት ተጠናቆ ወደ ቀጣይ ምዕራፍ መሻገራችንንን በታላቅ ደስታ በድጋሚ እያበሰርን በቀጣይ
በፍጥነት የሚጠበቁትን ስራዎች በማጠናቀቅ ከዳር ማድረስ ያስፈልጋል፡፡
ለቀሪው ስራ የናንተ ድጋፍ ወሳኝ በመሆኑ በኤምባሲው በተከፈተው የአደራ አካውንት
እንዲሁም በኢትዮጵያም በተከፈቱት የባንኩ ቁጥሮች በመለገስ ድጋፋችሁን፤ አለኝታችሁን እንድትገልጹና
ታሪካዊ የሆነውን አሻራ እንድታኖሩ ጥሪ እናቀርባለን፡፡
የቦንድ ግዢን በሚመለከት በኤምባሲው የማንሸጥ ሲሆን አገር ቤት በህጋዊ ተወካያችሁ በኩል ማስፈጸም ይቻላል፡፡
ኤምባሲውም በሚያስፈልገው መልኩ ለመርዳት ዝግጁነቱን እየገለጸ ወደ ኤምባሲው በመደወል እና
በቀጣይ የምናወጣቸውን መረጃዎች በድህረ- ገጻችንን እና በፌስ ቡክ ገጻችን
ስለምንለጥፍ እንዲከታተሉ እናሳውቃለን፡፡
Please use the following Accounts to donate to finalize the construction of #Dam.
We have set up a trust account and email transfer to save you of the hassle.
In addition, accounts were set up in #Ethiopia in different money exchanges,
which we have stated below.
NB. We did not attach information for bond sale as we do not sell at the Embassy.
However, should you would like to buy,
we will provide the important information.
You can call the Embassy or
Trust Account Set up by the Embassy:-
Bank Account No. 0005-1150-308
Transit No. 00056
Bank Code 001
Bank Name Bank of Montreal(BMO)
Email Transfer :-
Bank Account Numbers set up in Ethiopia for Dollar and Birr Donations
Dollar Exchange 1000001071077
'እንኳን ደስ አለን፤ሐምሌ 12/2012 ዓም ከምሽቱ 4 ሰዓት ላይ የህዳሴ ግድብ የመጀመሪያ አመት ሙሊት ተሳክቷል:
ውሃው የሚያስፈልገውን 4.9ቢ.ኪዩቢክ ሜትር በመያዝ ከግድቡ አናት ላይ ፈሷል ይህም የተሳካው ወደታችኛው
ተፋሰስ የሚሄደው ውሃ ሳይቋረጥ ነው፡፡'
ክቡር የውሃ፣ መስኖ እና ኢነርጂ ሚኒስቴር ኢንጂ. ስለሺ በቀለ Via twitter
እንኳን ደስ አላችሁ! እንኳን ደስ አለን!
In response to your requests, we have set up the seamless money transfer platform
to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Trust account.
Please use the email transfer at:-
to contribute and Make History.
በቅዳሜ፣ ጁላይ 18 ቀን 2020 በ10:00 a.m. (በኦታዋ፣ ካናዳ አቆጣጠር) የሚካሄደውን ውይይት
ከታች በተቀመጡት የዙም ማስፈንጠሪያ፣ የዌብናር መለያ እና ማለፊያ ቁጥር ይመልከቱ።
Please see below the Zoom link, Webinar ID and Password to join
the conference held to take place on Jul 18, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Or iPhone one-tap :
0#,,0863765778# or +15873281099,,83763340067
Dial(for higher quality, dial
a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 438 809 7799 or
+1 587 328 1099or +1 647 374 4685 or
+1 647 558 0588 or +1 778 907 2071 or
+1 204 272 7920
US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or
+1 346 248 7799 or
+1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 253 215 8782
Webinar ID: 837 6334 0067
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcETnb16q
Do not miss out on the Virtual dialogue on the current issues with regard to the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Held to take place on Saturday, July 18th, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m.(Eastern time).
We will be joined by H.E Minister of Foreign Affairs Gedu Andargachew and Technical Teams from Ethiopia.
ጠቃሚ መረጃ ካናዳ ለምትገኙ ኢትዮጵያዊያን!
መጪው ቅዳሜ እ.ኤ.አ ጁላይ 18 ቀን 2020 ዓ.ም በኦታዋ ሰዓት አቆጣጠር ከ10 am ጀምሮ ታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ በሚመለከት የሚካሄደውን ውይይት እንድትከታተሉ እንጋብዛለን።
It is Her Dam!!!
“Today marks the beginning of the global virtual campaign to support the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
We urge all Ethiopians and friends of #Ethiopia to join hands with the Campaign and to be Ambassadors of the #GERD by using the hashtags #ItsMyDam #እኔምለአባይአለሁ across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Post about the Dam, share all campaign content, and comment on GERD-related news. Let us spread the good news of the #RenaissanceDam.”
በካናዳ ለምትገኙ ኢትዮጵያውያንና ትዉልደ ኢትዮጵያውያን ኮሚዩኒቲ ማህበራት በሙሉ:-
በወቅታዊ የታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ ግንባታ ዙሪያ በwebinar (Zoom Meeting) ለመወያየት እ.አ.አ. ለቅዳሜ ጁላይ 4/2020 ጥሪ ማስተላለፋችን ይታወቃል:: ሆኖም ስብሰባዉ ለሌላ ቀን በመተላለፉ ተለዋጭ ቀኑን በቅርብ የምናሳዉቃችሁ መሆኑን ከይቅርታ ጋር እንገልጻለን::
I am here for Abay! I am here for GERD!
I stand for Equitable use of the Nile Waters!
Please join the GERD Worldwide Virtual Campain from July 02-05,2020.