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Over the centuries, Ethiopia has enjoyed close economic, diplomatic and cultural relations with the United Kingdom. In fact, Great Britain was among the first countries to open an embassy in Addis Ababa, while Ethiopia was the first African country to establish an embassy in London. Both countries collaborate on many issues of mutual concern at the regional and global levels.

A Week in the Horn

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs publishes a weekly newsletter, which provides commentary from an Ethiopian perspective on developments in the Horn of Africa and the African Union.

If you would like a copy of any back issues that are not available in our archive, please submit your request to the Public Diplomacy Department or visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website.

Ethiopia is a multi-party federal democracy with legislative authority resting with the government headed by the Prime Minister and the elected House of Representatives (547 members) and the House of Federation (112 members).

The Prime Minister is chosen by the party in power following multi-party democratic national and federal state elections which are held every five years. Parties can be registered at either the national or the federal state level.

The President is elected by the members of the House of People’s Representatives.

 

Sahle-Work Zewde

President

Dr Abiy Ahmed

Prime Minister

Gedu Andargachew

Minister of Foreign Affairs

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London hosted government ministers and officials, the diplomatic community, journalists, academics and members of civil society, in the first-of-its-kind Global Conference on Media Freedom. Ethiopia was represented by Ambassador Fesseha Shawel and Press Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, Billene Seyoum.
12 Jul 2019
Ethiopia takes part in first Global Conference on Media Freedom
Parliament approved a $13.4 billion budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year that began on 8th July. Compared to the previous budget year, this year’s is 12% higher. The government says it will increase investments in key sectors such as agriculture, energy and mining. It also plans to attract more FDI.
9 Jul 2019
Parliament approves $13.4 billion 2019/20 budget
On 29th June, the Embassy hosted an exclusive event celebrating Ethiopian food and culture with renowned Ethiopian chef and Guild of Food Writers nominee, Yohanis Gebreyesus Hailemariam, in the presence of Ethiopian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Fesseha Shawel Gebre, and around eighty guests.
5 Jul 2019
Chef Yohanis: Putting Ethiopian Food on the Culinary Map
"Ethiopia: Recipes and traditions from the Horn of Africa", by renowned Ethiopian chef, Yohanis Gebreyesus, has been shortlisted for the 2019 Guild of Food Writers Award. In honour of the occasion and to celebrate Ethiopia's unique cuisine and culture, the Embassy will host a book signing and tasting event on June 29.
20 Jun 2019
Chef Yohanis’ debut cookbook shortlisted for Guild of Food Writers Award + UK Tour
UNHCR, together with UNICEF, Vital Events Registration Agency (VERA) and the Agency for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) launched a centre where refugees can access services such as the registration of births, marriages, divorces, and deaths and receive protection referrals and civil documentation.
14 Jun 2019
Ethiopia launches first ‘One-Stop-Shop’ providing essential services to refugees, host communities
The academic and activist Rita Pankhurst passed away on 30th May at her home in Addis Ababa, aged 92. Her funeral was held on 4th June at the Trinity Cathedral, where her late husband, Richard Pankhurst OBE, and mother-in-law Sylvia Pankhurst, are also buried.
11 Jun 2019
Rita Pankhurst, life-long friend of Ethiopia, laid to rest
Poet, performer playwright, artist and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE has been awarded the PEN Pinter Prize 2019. Lemn will receive the award at a public ceremony at the British Library on 10th October, where he will deliver an address. His memoir, My Name is Why, will be published in August.
5 Jun 2019
Ethio-British poet and playwright, Lemn Sissay, wins PEN Pinter prize
Ambassador Fesseha Shawel is featured in the May/June 2019 edition of DIPLOMAT Magazine. In interview with editor Venetia van Kuffeler, the Ambassador discusses his career in diplomacy and his thoughts on relations with the United Kingdom.
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Ambassador Fesseha’s DIPLOMAT Magazine Interview
A delegation of Elders, led by Mary Robinson, Chair and former President of Ireland, visited Ethiopia in May for their annual bi-annual board meeting where they held meetings with government officials including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Sahle-Work Zewde.
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The Elders welcome Ethiopia’s political reforms
Deputy Head of Mission, Ababi Demissie, was among guests from more than 100 Embassies that took part in a moving ceremony on 23rd May to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeeping, at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.
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Award-winning Scottish photographer, Kieran Dodds, awarded third place for his series of photos “Hierotopia”, which showcases Ethiopia’s church forests and raises awareness about deforestation.
17 May 2019
Ethiopia Church forest photos secure third place at Sony Photography Awards
Aida Edemariam’s The Wife’s Tale, a biography of her grandmother who was born in northern Ethiopia more than 100 years ago, has won the £10,000 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. The annual Prize is awarded for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place.
15 May 2019
Aida Edemariam wins Ondaatje Prize for vivid biography of her Ethiopian grandmother