Festive Message from the Ambassador
On behalf of diplomats and staff members at the Ethiopian Embassy in London, my wife, Mekdes, our sons, Samuel and Beimnet, and I would like to extend our very best wishes on the advent of Christmas and the New year to the Ethiopian community and friends of Ethiopia in the United Kingdom.
This period provides us with an opportunity to pause and reflect on the past year, one of the most uncertain in recent memory. For Ethiopia, the global pandemic, coupled with climate extremes, locust swarms, and conflict in the Tigray region, meant we had to summon up our reserves of resilience in order to confront challenges to our human and national security.
I was inspired by the efforts of Ethiopians in the United Kingdom who stood in solidarity with their compatriots at home – raising funds, volunteering their time, and offering their expertise in the battles against COVID-19 and natural disasters. I can truly affirm that in doing so we once again lived up to the promise of Ethiopian unity bequeathed to us by all who came before us.
Going forward, it is my sincere conviction that 2021 will be a year of optimism. Through our unity and consensus, we can finally get on with the work of building an inclusive, democratic, and prosperous Ethiopia. The first free and fair democratic elections in our country’s history, set to take place in the Spring, will be key to realising this aspiration.
In the pursuit of this vision, the role of our partners in the United Kingdom cannot be overlooked, as we endeavour to further consolidate our excellent relations and work for the cause of global peace and mutual prosperity. I, personally, look forward to continuing productive discussions with Her Majesty’s Government, Parliament, and a growing galaxy of British businesses and institutions as we seek to deepen these engagements.
Once again, on behalf of my family and the Embassy, I would like to wish you joy, health, and peace, this festive season and beyond.
H.E. Teferi Melesse Desta
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