New Year Message from Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu
The past year has been a year of tremendous development as well as challenges. It will be remembered for its positive contribution as well as for posing serious challenges to our country.
It was with the wisdom of the leadership of this great nation and the selfless contribution of all the peoples of Ethiopia, including but not limited to our sons and daughters in the Diaspora, that this nation has been brought back from the brink.
The New Year will be remembered as a year that healed the deep chasm of dividedness, which left scars on our history. We should compensate one another by giving unreserved love and forgiveness and live in peaceful coexistence.
The gift of this New Year – 2010 in the Ethiopian Calendar – is to launch a New Year in which hatred and conflict between Ethiopians, and across our borders with Eritreans, is replaced by a bridge of love and reconciliation, leading to a common future destiny.
The New Year will provide a showcase of Ethiopia’s grand diplomatic and political success story, a story to benefit the Horn of Africa and Africa as a whole. It will arise from last year’s closure of the chapter of conflict with Eritrea and the launch of efforts to resolve and mediate any remaining conflicts between our neighbours. That closure was a milestone towards peace in our region. It will truly change the political landscape of the Horn of Africa, as it is already doing.
Dear Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia, as we move into the New Year, we should aspire to create a strong and democratic Ethiopia, based on our unity in diversity “intertwined and moulded with love and forgiveness”. Our task for the year is to maintain the spirit of change and transformation, to overcome our shortcomings, to bring the peace and unity we all want for our country.
I would also like to take this opportunity to express my profound appreciation to those who stand with us in the outgoing year and show their commitment to be with us as we strive to build a fully democratic nation.
Finally, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I wish a prosperous and successful New Year to you, the People of Ethiopia and to all our partners.
Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD)
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
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