The Government of Ethiopia recognized 52 Ethiopian diaspora associations from 25 countries that actively support their homeland in times of need.According to H.E. President Sahle-Work Zewde, the recognition is for all Ethiopians in the diaspora who stood by Ethiopia and the people.The president went on to say that the Government has established a welcoming climate for the Ethiopian diaspora to further engage with critical issues facing the country and its people.
President Sahlework Zewde also urged the Ethiopian diaspora to get involved in the peacebuilding and restoration process.Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, H.E. Demeke Mekonnen, on his part, stated that the work done by the Ethiopian diaspora all over the world for their homeland when Ethiopia faced hardships and obstacles will be recognized in history.The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister urged the Ethiopian Diaspora to play a positive role in the country’s peacebuilding and restoration efforts.H.E. Dr. Mohamed Idris, Director General of Ethiopian Diaspora Service, stated that the government always respects the diaspora community’s contribution to the country in many forms and confirmed that similar recognition events will be held in the future.At the event, a book that archives list of Ethiopia’s diaspora associations was officially launched.