Ethiopian Ambassador, Teferi Melesse, assumes duties in the United Kingdom

14 Sep 2020

His Excellency Teferi Melesse Desta assumed his post today (Monday 14 September 2020) as successor to the previous Ethiopian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Mr Fesseha Shawel Gebre. The Ambassador and his family were afforded a warm welcome by Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office officials and diplomatic staff following their arrival into the UK over the weekend.

Ambassador Teferi begins his post in the UK at a time of great opportunity for Ethio-UK relations and has made it his mission to strengthen these engagements further as the UK moves into a future outside of the European Union. His priorities will be focused on Ethio-UK cooperation in response to the Coronavirus crisis, on coordination for regional peace and security, on the promotion of trade, tourism and investment and on climate change ahead of the COP26 UN Climate conference in Glasgow in November 2021.

Ambassador Teferi joined the Diplomatic Corps in 1993 and has held numerous positions in Addis Ababa and abroad, most recently as Consul General at the Consulate-General of Ethiopia in Guangzhou, China.

Previously, he served as Director General for Public Diplomacy and Communications, Chief Advisor to the Minister on Capacity Building, and Director in the Ethiopian Expatriate Affairs Directorate-General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Addis Ababa. Ambassador Teferi’s other roles abroad included Consul General at the Consulate-General of Ethiopia in Geneva, Switzerland; Chargé d’affaires at the Ethiopian Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe as well as Minister Counsellor at the Ethiopian Embassy in Brussels, Belgium.

Regarding his appointment, Ambassador Teferi said:

“I am delighted to be the new Ethiopian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, one of Ethiopia’s most important partners and friends. We have a long history of cooperation internationally and have consistently collaborated on issues including international peace and security, climate change and sustainable development. The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has further highlighted the importance of international partnerships and I hope to find further opportunities where Ethiopia and the UK can work together as we continue developing our strategic and warm relations in the years ahead.”

The Ambassador’s full biography is available on request. Please email press@ethioembassy.org.uk

Latest News

Browse all
The Government of Ethiopia has been working tirelessly in collaboration with development partners to ensure continued supplies of food and medicine to those that are in desperate need of it. It will continue to work with its humanitarian partners to prevent breaks in humanitarian operations and for assistance to reach all affected communities.
22 Jul 2021
Tigray Region Humanitarian Assistance Update
The Ethiopian government has sacrificially made a political decision, recognizing the dangers to the people, and will not tolerate any attack that violates the government's decision and endangers Ethiopia. The Government calls upon all Ethiopians to think of Ethiopia beyond local issues and stand by the side of their government.
14 Jul 2021
Summary | Government Statement Issued by Ambassador Redwan Hussein
While reaffirming its commitment to the safety of refugees, the Government of Ethiopia calls upon the international community to unanimously condemn the torture and killing of Eritrean refugees by TPLF, and support investigations on the reported incidents of reprisal attacks, abductions, arrests, and violence by the same group.
14 Jul 2021
Statement on the situation of Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia
The Government calls on the people of Ethiopia to protect itself from influences of unsubstantiated information and the propaganda machine of the Junta, whose remaining power is just fabricating falsified information. The people of Ethiopia should understand that our domestic and external enemies are working in unison to sow dissent and mistrust among us. The Government urges the people of…
14 Jul 2021
Message from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on the Current Situation in Tigray
It has recently come to our attention that one of our consular staff members has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, there will be temporary disruption to our face-to-face services to prevent the spread of the virus and safeguard members of the public. The consular section will be closed to the public and will henceforth be processing the following…
14 Jul 2021
Notice of Temporary Disruption to Consular Services
To spur and support its growth and transformation agenda, the Government of Ethiopia is committed to expanding higher education, science, and TVET programs. This webinar will seek to explore key insights into the science and higher education sector in Ethiopia and Scotland, and share best practices and experiences on opportunities and areas of collaboration with similar institutions in both countries.
13 Jul 2021
WEBINAR | Ethiopia-Scotland Science and Higher Education Symposium: Opportunities for Partnership and Collaboration
Ethiopia is committed to bringing the AU-led trilateral process to a successful conclusion aiming to reach a mutually acceptable outcome. It is prepared and ready to work on the phased approach proposed by the Chairperson of the African Union, and, therefore, encourages both Egypt and Sudan to negotiate in good faith to bring the process to fruition.
13 Jul 2021
Press Statement on Resuming the Trilateral AU-led Negotiations on GERD
The Brief is a bi-weekly publication from the Ethiopian Embassy in London covering current affairs in Ethiopia. This week's issue covers the United Nations Security Council meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Situation in Tigray. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive The Brief in your inbox.
9 Jul 2021
The Brief – 09.07.21
The Tigray Provisional Administration has requested the Federal Government to enact a humanitarian ceasefire in the Tigray region. The provisional administration’s request came after due consideration of the needs on the ground and following the consultations with academics, the business community, and religious leaders and elders from the Region.
28 Jun 2021
Decision by the Federal Government of Ethiopia in Response to the Proposal of the Tigray Provisional Administration to Resolve the Challenges Facing the Tigray Region
The Government of Ethiopia appreciates the interest the country’s longstanding international partners have shown in the electoral process of the 6th national elections in Ethiopia. The government also took note of the importance of conducting honest reflection on the successes, challenges, and shortcomings of the 6th general elections to have improved future elections.
25 Jun 2021
Press statement on the concerns of partners and friends on the 6th General Elections in Ethiopia
The Brief is a bi-weekly publication from the Ethiopian Embassy in London covering current affairs in Ethiopia. This week's issue covers Ethiopia’s 2021 national elections and Col. Getnet's briefing on the Togogo airstrike. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive The Brief in your inbox.
25 Jun 2021
The Brief – 25.06.21
In a letter sent to the president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday (June 23), Ethiopia rejected the latest attempts made by Egypt and Sudan to seeking the involvement of the Security Council over the GERD issue outside of its mandate.
25 Jun 2021
Ethiopia calls on UN Security Council to encourage Sudan and Egypt to respect the AU-led process and negotiate in good faith over GERD