Dr. Workneh briefs Diplomatic Community on the current situation in Ethiopia

20 Feb 2018

Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu briefed the Diplomatic Community and representatives of regional and international organisations in Addis Ababa today (20th February 2018) on the current situation in Ethiopia.

In his statement, Dr. 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.”

He also reiterated the rationale behind the recent declaration of the State of Emergency by the Council of Ministers, after a series of consultations and evaluations of the security situation in the country, which he said, was aimed at “protecting the constitution and the constitutional order, ensuring security and stability of the country and protecting the freedom of movement of citizens.”

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Hirut Zemene, detailed accounts of the State of Emergency declaration, particularly the powers and functions of the Command Post, which was established to oversee the enforcement of the decree. She further added that, the overall implementation of the State of Emergency will be monitored by the Inquiry Board established under the Proclamation.

Mrs. Zemene, further reassured the Diplomatic Corps that “the privileges and immunities of the diplomatic missions will continue to be observed as per the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.”

Ambassador Kwesi Quartey, the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, in his address underscored the fact that “the African Union is confident in the ability of the Ethiopian authorities and people to overcome the challenges at hand and to consolidate the remarkable progress made in the socio-economic development of the country.”

“The Government of Ethiopia, like any other Government in Africa and elsewhere in the world, has the responsibility to protect citizens and their property, as well as public infrastructure,” he said. “It is up to the Government of Ethiopia, on the basis of its own analysis of the situation, to take the measures it deems appropriate” and “the international community should act in a manner that strictly respects the sovereignty and the independence of African countries” in which case Ethiopia is no exception, he added.

A Q & A session followed where Dr. Workneh responded to issues raised by various Ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps.

Latest News

Browse all
In just three weeks, Ethiopia made history with the elevation of women to top government posts: a cabinet reshuffle saw a gender-balanced cabinet with women taking up half the ministerial posts, the first female president and first female supreme court president. These measures are part of Prime Minister Abiy’s latest reforms since taking office and are huge milestones in Ethiopian…
19 Nov 2018
Ethiopia’s three weeks of historic firsts
Alex Lewis, a quadruple amputee whose life changed five years ago when he contracted Strep A with Septicaemia and Toxic Shock Syndrome, which then led to amputation of all his limbs, is embarking on a monumental challenge. Alex is hoping to climb one of Africa’s tallest mountains – Ras Dashen in Ethiopia. For two weeks in January, Alex is going…
13 Nov 2018
Quadruple amputee to scale Ethiopia’s highest mountain
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed paid a working visit to Europe from 30 – 31 October, which saw him in France and Germany. However, the highlight of the visit was on 31 October in Frankfurt, where more than 15,000 Ethiopians from all over Europe braved the cold for the Prime Minister's first address to the Diaspora in Europe.
8 Nov 2018
PM Abiy’s memorable visit to Europe
On 1st November, the Parliament appointed Meaza Ashenafi, one of Ethiopia's most seasoned lawyers and a prominent women rights activist, as the country's first female Supreme Court President. This follows the appointment of the country's first female president and a gender-balanced Cabinet.
5 Nov 2018
First woman to head Supreme Court
In yet another historic move, and just days after PM Abiy named a new gender-balanced Cabinet, Ambassador Sahle-Work Zewde has been appointed as the fourth President of Ethiopia, replacing Dr. Mulatu Teshome. The decision was made by a unanimous vote during a special joint session of Ethiopia's parliament.
25 Oct 2018
Ethiopia elects first female President
On 16th October, more than 200 delegates comprising members of parliament, analystts, investors, the media and others, gathered in London for the UK-Ethiopia Trade and Investment Forum, aimed at boosting bilateral trade between Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.
22 Oct 2018
UK-Ethiopia Trade and Investment Forum affirms Ethiopia is open for Business
The Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund official website www.ethiopiatrustfund.org is now live and taking donations, as of October 22. The Advisory Council urges all interested in advancing freedom, democracy, human rights and good governance, and the EDTF to make their USD$1 contributions.
22 Oct 2018
Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund goes live
As part of ongoing reforms taking place in the country, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed named a new Cabinet on 16th October, with half the posts being taken by women – a historic first for Ethiopia, and Africa in general. The cabinet reshuffle saw the number of ministerial positions reduced from 28 to 20.
19 Oct 2018
Women take centre stage in Prime Minister Abiy’s Cabinet reshuffle
Addis Fine Art presented a solo exhibition by Ethiopian Artist, Addis Gezehagn, for the 2018 edition of the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, which took place between 4th and 7th October at Somerset House, London. [caption id="attachment_4494" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Addis Gezehagn, Floating City X, 2018, Acrylic on Canvas, 146 x 222 cm. Courtesy Addis Fine Art [/caption] The solo exhibition…
15 Oct 2018
Addis Fine Art showcases Ethiopian art at 1-54 Contemporary Art Fair in London
On 2nd October, the Scientific Exploration Society commemorated the 50th anniversary of the exploration of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile River at a special event at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Mr Fekadu Beyene, Head of Diaspora Affairs (Chargé d’Affaires) attended on behalf of the Embassy and was joined by some of the members of the expedition and a number of…
8 Oct 2018
50th anniversary of the first Blue Nile expedition commemorated