Press Statements


U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Addis Ababa (March 07, 2018)
As part of his five days-long visit to Africa, the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his first visit to Ethiopia this afternoon (March 7). Upon arrival Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh and scores of high ranking Ethiopian government officials have accorded Mr. Tillerson a warm welcome. Tillerson is expected to discuss with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh and other high officials on bilateral and regional issues of common interest. Ethiopia and the U.S. have been aggressively working on areas of mutual interests, including health, education and agriculture as well as cooperation on regional peace and security. Equally, investors from the U.S. are also making an input to Ethiopia's encouraging investment schemes Before departing to Djibouti, Kenya and Nigeria the State Secretary is also scheduled to meet Chairperson of the AU Commision, Moussa Faki Mahmat.
President Mulatu meets with President of UNGA (Mar 01, 2018)
President Mulatu Teshome yesterday met with the President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Miroslav Lajčák, at the National Palace. On the occasion praised Ethiopia's support for UN agendas, especially in global peace efforts and to maintain security, by deploying even women peacekeepers, which according to him could be a model for other countries. more
Youth Urged to Benchmark the Victory of Adwa to Maintain Nat'l Consensus (Feb 27, 2018)
Youth must work hard towards promoting national consensus by benchmarking the victory of Adwa to foster unity leading to comprehensive national success, Dr. Negri Lencho said. Government Communication Affairs Minister, Dr. Negeri Lencho in his opening remark on a panel discussion dedicated to marking the 122nd anniversary of the victory of Adwa said "the victory of Adwa has paved the way for promoting pan-Africanism." more
Dr. Workneh briefs the Diplomatic Community on the current situation in Ethiopia (Feb 20, 2018)
Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh briefed the Diplomatic Community in Addis Ababa today (20 February 2018) on the current situation in Ethiopia at the Sheraton Addis. In his statement, Dr. Workneh warmly welcomed the diplomatic community and representatives of regional and international organizations to the briefing session. Minister Workneh assured the diplomatic community that "the Government is undertaking reforms and concrete measures in a bid to move the country forward in terms of ensuring sustainable peace, national security, and widening of the political space." more
Patriots call for the youth to uphold peace and stability (Feb 19, 2018)
Ancient Ethiopian Patriots Association (AEPA) has extended calls for the youth to uphold peace and stability of the country. The call appears when the 81st Martyrs' Day commemorated early today at the Addis Ababa Martyrs’ Monument. Addressing the gathering at the memorial event, Ethiopian Patriots Association, President Lij Daniel Jote Mesfin urged the current generation in general and the youth in particular to sustain peace and stability. He noted that AEPA should be able to transfer the lofty goals of patriots and the values for which they had made sacrifices to entrust an independent country for the young generation. Veteran patriots who talked to ENA said that the youth need to strive to maintain peace and development of the country in a spirit of mutual respect, trust and patriotism toward each other. more
Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency (Feb 17, 2018)
The Council of Ministers has declared a state of emergency effective from Friday, 16 February 2018 by adopting the decree providing for the emergency ruling. The Council of Ministers said the emergency rule is aimed at protecting the constitution and constitutional order, as well as ensuring security and stability of the country. Protecting freedom of movement and the rights of citizens to live wherever they choose as well as build assets, are also among the motives for the ruling. The Council in its press briefing noted that the violence that have been going on in some areas are undermining the security and stability of the country as well as the value of the people that promote peaceful coexistence. more
Foreign Minister Holds Discussion with US Congress, Ethiopia Caucus Members (Feb 17, 2018)
Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu had discussion with US Congress members and Ethiopia Caucus members in the Congress about bilateral issues and the role Ethiopia plays in the region. The Minister said on the occasion, Ethiopia is desirous to work with the US in trade and investment, peace and stability as well as in the fight against terrorism. He also told the representatives in Washington that Ethiopia is among the countries that have been registering rapid economic growth during the past years. ''Ethiopia has embarked upon registering double-digit growth during the last 14 years. As a result, it has succeeded in being one of the countries with fast economic growth in the world'', Workneh noted. With respect to keeping peace and nurturing democratic culture, the country has been playing a big role in maintaining peace in the region. more
Foreign Minister Discusses Situation in Ethiopia (Feb 15, 2018)
On Thursday, February 15, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H.E. Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu. Atlantic Council Vice President and Africa Center Director Dr. J. Peter Pham welcomed participants and introduced Dr. Workneh, noting that the meeting was happening one day after the Ethiopian government freed thousands of prisoners and just hours after Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his resignation. more
Defense Forces Vow to Strengthen Contribution in National Dev't (Feb 12, 2018)
The Defense forces have expressed their commitment to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country. The Sixth FDRE Defense Forces Day is being celebrated under the motto, "We shall be guarantor of the renaissance of our country by protecting our constitutional system and consolidating the peoples culture" through different activities. Following a panel discussion organized in connection with the Defense Forces Day at Kolfe Keranyo Sub-city today, Head of Inspection Office at Ministry of Defense, Major General Hachalu Shelama, told ENA that the defense forces have gained recognition from the respecting the public and the Constitution. The defense forces have been active actors in community development, he added. more
የኢህአዴግ ስራ አስፈጻሚ ኮሚቴ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ሃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ ያቀረቡትን የስልጣን መልቀቂያ ጥያቄን ተቀበለ

ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ሀይለማርያም ደሳለኝ በዛሬው ዕለት የፓርቲ እና የመንግስት ሃላፊነታቸውን ለመልቀቅ ጥያቄ ማቅረባቸውን እና የደህዴን ስራ አስፈጻሚ ኮሚቴም ጥያቄያቸውን መቀበሉን መግለፃቸውን ይታወቃል። በዚህም መሰረት የኢህአዴግ የስራ አስፈፃሚ ኮሚቴም ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ሃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ ያቀረቡትን የስልጣን መልቀቂያ ጥያቄን ተቀብሏል፡፡ ቀጣይ የስልጣን ሽግግርም በህገ መንግስታዊ ስርዓቱ እና በኢህአዴግ አሰራር ደንብ መሰረት የሚከናወን ይሆናል።

The International Anti-IS Coalition Conference kicks off in Kuwait (Feb 13, 2018)
An international Ministerial conference aimed at discussing on the idea of wiping out the terrorist group, IS or Daesh, kicked off in Kuwait on Tuesday(February 13, 2018). An Ethiopian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu is taking part in the conference. The meeting is part of a series of international conferences that took place in order to build a formal coalition to destroy the IS, which had taken over large portions of Syria and Iraq in 2014. more
The Newly - Appointed Ethiopian Ambassador Presented credential to President Donald Trump (Jan 24, 2018)
Since Diplomatic relations between the United States and Ethiopia were established on December 27, 1903, Ethiopia has been appointing its Ambassadors to conduct and strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. At present, the United States and Ethiopia have close diplomatic relationships as friends and partners. Their bilateral relations anchored on three interconnected pillars: economic growth and development; regional peace and security as well as democracy, governance and human rights. As part of the long standing tradition, H.E. Ambassador Kassa Tekeleberhane, the newly – appointed Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United States of America presented his credential to President Donald Trump on 24 January 2017 at the White House. It is believed that the appointment of H.E. Ambassador Kassa Tekeleberhane would further elevate the strategic partnership of the two countries to the new level in the spirit of mutual respect and friendship. more
Dr. Workneh briefs the press on the 30th AU Summit (Jan 23, 2018)
Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu made a press briefing on the 30th AU Summit today (January 23, 2018). Dr. Workneh said Ethiopia is set to host the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) themed under "Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation". The Minister said the summit will take place at the A.U. Headquarters in Addis Ababa and is scheduled to continue till January 29, 2018. He also highlighted that four key agendas, including AU reform, financing African Union, trade between African countries and inclusive development are set to take central stage in the deliberations of the Leaders' Summit. more
PM Hailemariam in Switzerland to attend World Economic Forum annual meeting (Jan 22, 2018)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn traveled to Davos, Switzerland yesterday to participate in the 48th annual World Economic Forum. The Forum will be held on 23–26 January 2018. more
Ethiopian Orthodox Christians celebrate Ketera today (Jan 18, 2018)
Ethiopian Orthodox Christians will celebrate Ketera, the eve of Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany) today. The celebration involves taking out the Tabots, which symbolizes the Ark of the Covenant, from the churches to sites where the next day's celebration will take place. The Tabots, entirely covered in silk decorated clothing, are placed on the heads of priests, who parade the streets slowly. The priests, outfitted in ceremonial clothing, are escorted by the singing crowd as they make their way to the baptism location. Timket will be celebarted the next day, every January 19th (January 20 during leap year). The celebration is to commemorate Christ's baptism. more
Ethiopia releases suspects, including Dr Merera Gudina (Jan 17, 2018)
Ethiopia today released 115 suspects who were detained at the federal level. Among the released suspects include Dr Merera Gudina and Dr Rufael Disasa. more
PM Hailemariam arrives in Cairo for JMC meeting (Jan 17, 2018)
A high-level Ethiopian delegation led by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has arrived in Cairo to attend the six joint ministerial commission meeting which is being held for the first time at the level of heads of state. more
Dr.Workneh: "Ethio-Egyptian ties transcend beyond just the Nile & GERD"
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu who met his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday in Cairo underlined that Ethio-Egyptian ties transcend beyond just the Nile and GERD and cover the legacy of historical ties as well as address potentials for meaningful cooperation between the two countries. Minister Workneh added that the visit is not only about the past but also the present and future of the two countries and their people. The Minister further said the 6th Joint Ministerial Commission meeting would instrumental to review existing agreements and explore new areas of cooperation. more
Ethiopia’s Economy to Continue Expanding (Jan 16, 2018)
The economy of Ethiopia is expected to continue growing in the coming two years amid global and internal challenges, according to a report. The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 launched today projected that economic growth in Ethiopia is expected to increase to 7.3 percent and 7.5 percent in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Fiscal stimulus, foreign investment in infrastructure and manufacturing, diversification of the economy and strong internal demand will continue to support the growth. more
Ethiopia secures over $1.8bln from tourism (Jan 09, 2018)
Ethiopia has earned more than 1.8 billion US dollars from tourism in the first half of this Ethiopian fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT). A total of 485,806 foreign tourists have visited the country during the past six months, said Hirut Woldemariam, Minister of Culture and Tourism, while presenting her ministry’s 6-month report to the House of People's Representatives today. more
Ethiopia Cherishes Peculiar Celebration of Gena (Jan 07, 2018)
Ethiopians celebrate many of the religious holidays in a peculiar way. Among thos holidays celebrated in a unique way is Christmas or Gena. Unlike countries that follow Gregorian calendar Ethiopians celebrate Gena on 7 January. Though the way they celebrate may vary in the context of various cultural settings, Orthodox Christians in central and Eastern Europe and other parts of the world celebrate Christmas on January 7 like Ethiopians. Christmas is a day for feasting and enjoying the company of friends and family members. The celebration of Gena includes a mass at all churches after midnight. The celebration at the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela is unique. Christmas is celebrated in a very peculiar and attractive ways due to the birth date of King Lalibela, who constructed the historic and mesmerizing churches, being on similar day. more
Ethiopia working to expand its global representation (Jan 04, 2018)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Ethiopia is working to expand its global representation that matches with its current political and diplomatic activities as well as its recognition at the international fora. Meles Alem, Spokesperson of MoFA told journalists today that expanding global representation would have a significant contribution to improve Ethiopia’s economic diplomacy, protect the rights of citizens, attract investment and tourists, build its image and promote knowledge transfer in science and technology. more
EPRDF will take measures that compensate for public grievances (Jan 03, 2018)
The Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) will strive to compensate for the public grievances by taking practical measures, Chairpersons of the four national member organizations of the Front said. The Chairpersons held today a press conference about the 17 days evaluation meeting the Executive Committee of EPRDF had conducted. more


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