During today’s session of the Annual Ethiopian Ambassadors Retreat, various papers highlighting manifold regional and geopolitical shifts and issues of peace, security and development were presented by heads of missions, director generals, veteran diplomats as well as senior researchers from the Institute of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Policy Advisor to H.E. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Minister, H.E. Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie also briefed the envoys on the need to protect the national interests of Ethiopia with a better understanding of the global situation and to foster foreign relations predicated on forging consensus, friendship, cooperation and diversification of partnerships.
Diplomacy is a multi-stakeholder endeavour that requires seamless synergy and cooperation among key stakeholders to achieve key foreign policy priorities, Ambassador Taye stated.
In his concluding remarks, State Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Ambassador Mesganu Arga said, Ethiopia’s diplomats together with partners should champion an assertive diplomatic posture and heads of missions overseas ought to discharge their leadership duties in manner that is cognizant of major geopolitical dynamics.
Multiplying partnerships and alliances should also be the hallmark of Ethiopia’s foreign relations that is geared towards protecting and promoting our national interests, the State Minister stressed.
The discussion session was moderated by State Minister Ambassador Mesganu Arga.