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May 15, 2024 (FBC) – President Sahle-Work Zewde has appointed 24 ambassadors on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Accordingly, out of the 24 appointed ambassadors, 10 of them are Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassadors and the other 14 were appointed with the title of Ambassador.

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"የኢትዮጵያ የውጭ ግንኙነት ፖሊሲ ብሔራዊ ጥቅምን ባስጠበቀ መልኩ እንዲካሄድ እየተሰራ ነው" Etv | Ethiopia | News

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Recent International Communities in Ethiopia News Highlights

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Jan 12, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 27, 2024 (FBC) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Mr. Demeke Mekonnen presided over the closing program of Ethiopia’s ambassadors’ annual meeting and provided additional instructions on forthcoming diplomatic actions.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Meles Alem addressed the media about this in a briefing.

According to Ambassador Meles, Ethiopia should become more approachable, influential, and desirable as a result of its diplomatic efforts.

He went on to say that Ethiopia is ready to increase and deepen its involvement in both bilateral and multilateral relationships.

He continued, saying that we will endeavor to deepen our friendships and make more new ones while keeping an eye on the parts of the globe that we have not yet reached.

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Jan 12, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 22, 2024 (FBC) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen called for consolidated diplomatic engagement needed to advance Ethiopia’s national interests.

Addressing the annual ambassadors retreat underway as part of the ongoing Diplomatic Week and Exhibition this morning, Demeke briefed the heads of Ethiopian diplomatic and consular missions overseas on current affairs.

On the occasion, he stressed that consolidated diplomatic engagement at the headquarters and missions level is expected to advance Ethiopia national interests.

He said, heads of missions near and far are expected to protect Ethiopia’s national interests through diversification of friends, combatting incendiary narratives and an all-rounded and inclusive diplomatic engagement.

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Jan 12, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 18, 2024 (FBC) – Ethiopia categorically rejects the Arab League statement, Ambassador Mesganu Arga, Minister of State for Political and Economic Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, said in a statement published on his social media page.

The Arab League’s statement, according to State Minister Mesganu, is an attempt to interfere with the internal affairs and sovereignty of Ethiopia.

Amb. Mesganu asserted that Ethiopia enjoys excellent bilateral relations with many of the Arab states. However, he underscored that the League is serving only the interests of few.

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Jan 12, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 18, 2024 (FBC) – The diplomatic week and exhibition at Science Museum has continued to draw a number of visitors from all different walks of life and it is meeting the objectives of the ministry to make the public understand the rich diplomatic history of Ethiopia and appreciate the role that the ministry has continued to play in advancing the country’s interests, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Meles Alem said.

In a media briefing, the MFA Spokesperson mentioned that the exhibition shows the success and challenges of Ethiopia’s current multilateral and bilateral diplomatic activities.

The exhibition raises the awareness of the public about Ethiopia’s multilateral and bilateral relations, Ambassador Meles noted.

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Jan 12, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 16, 2024 (FBC) – The State Minister for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Birtukan Ayano stated that tangible improvements have been registered in service delivery calling the results imperative for continuous modernization.

Ambassador Birtukan and senior officials reflected on practical challenges, lessons learned and way outs of consular services being delivered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The annual meeting of Ethiopian ambassadors and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, discussed consular services that are rendered by the Ministry and the overseas missions of Ethiopia yesterday late afternoon.

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Jan 12, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 12, 2023 (FBC) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has published a yearbook documenting its activities, which is said to be the first attempt since its inception in 1907.

Ambassador Meles Alem, Spokesperson of the Ministry handed over a copy of the book to Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen at the official launch of the book.

Speaking at the book launch ceremony today at the Science Museum, Demeke Mekonnen praised the efforts put into preparing the book, which he said would set an example for the future.

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Jan 11, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 11, 2024 (FBC) – President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde, made a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Ethiopian Diplomatic Week Exhibition today at the Science Museum.

The President said the exhibition depicts the rich history of Ethiopia’s diplomacy providing us with opportunities to know and learn more.

Expressing her hope the exhibition would inspire Ethiopians, the President called up on the youth to better understand the diplomatic history of Ethiopia in order make their own contributions to the ongoing diplomatic endeavors.

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Jan 11, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 11, 2024 (FBC) – Ethiopia’s long diplomacy has not only benefitted itself but contributed significantly to Africans and black people at large, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Demeke Mekonnen said.

Speaking to the Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA) in connection with the Diplomacy Week that opened today, Demeke explained the success of Ethiopia’s diplomatic activities that have contributed significantly to Africans and black people for centuries.

Ethiopia was a member of the League of Nations as the only free African nation in an almost entirely colonized Africa and represented the black people, he recalled.

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Jan 11, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 11, 2024 (FBC) – Meticulous diplomacy has guided Ethiopia for 116 years with little or no hiccups and its Foreign Policy, which is inextricably fastened with its national security, has brought tangible results to protect its interest, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen said.

Speaking to EPA in connection with the Diplomacy Week, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen stated that the event is of paramount importance to draw lessons from past diplomacy to today’s and tomorrow’s engagement.

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Jan 11, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 11, 2024 (FBC) – President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde, officially opened the Diplomatic Week Exhibition today at the Science Museum in Addis Ababa.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen, Senior Government officials, members of the diplomatic community, and distinguished guests attended the opening ceremony.

With a theme ‘From an African Hub to the World’, the exhibition aims to highlight Ethiopia’s diplomatic history, current diplomatic achievements, and potential for future diplomatic endeavors, it is indicated.

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Jan 10, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 10, 2023 (FBC) – President Sahle-Work Zewde bid farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of India, Robert Shetkintong.

The President thanked the Ambassador for his contribution in strengthening the bilateral ties between the two countries during his 3-years tenure.

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Jan 10, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 10, 2024 (FBC) – Mr. Samuel Gbaydee Doe, the recently designated Resident Representative of UNDP (the United Nations Development Programme), asserted that the ascendance of Ethiopia corresponds to the ascent of the entire African continent. This statement was made following the submission of his Credentials to Mr. Melaku Bedada, the Director General of Protocol Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It is learned that Mr. Doe comes to Ethiopia after serving as a Resident Representative for UNDP’s South Sudan (2021–2023) and Sierra Leone (2019-2021) country offices.

Mr. Doe noted that he looks forward to forging broad partnerships to advance Ethiopia’s sustainable development agenda. “I am honoured to lead UNDP Ethiopia at this critical juncture in the country’s history and sustainable development journey,” ......

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Diplomatic History of Ethiopia

    Ethiopia is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, with its history spanning over three thousand years. Throughout this long history, situated as it is at a veritable crossroads of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, it has enjoyed varied relations with the outside world. Friendly trading relations have alternated with conflicts with external powers that often involved bloody wars. Ethiopia's modern diplomatic history can be traced back to the reign of Emperor Theodros II in the mid nineteenth century who sought to forge strong diplomatic relations with the outside world, most notably with countries in Western Europe. His vision of a developed and prosperous Ethiopia pitted him against all sorts of enemies and sparked off the need to obtain the best scientific and technical expertise from what he justifiably considered were the most advanced nations of the day. He received a number of emissaries of western nations at his court, trying hard to get their advice and counsel on how to develop Ethiopia. In 1868, he committed suicide when defeated by a British army.

   Theodros' tradition of contact with western powers was closely followed by the Emperor Yohannes IV (1874-1889) who was equally aware of the value of maintaining good relations with the rest of the world, though he too had his problems not least with the Mahdi in the Sudan and with the Italian encroachments into northern Ethiopia. Notable among the diplomatic missions during his reign were the British delegations of Augustus Wylde (1883), Vice-Admiral Hewett 1884 and Gerald Portal (1887) concerning the withdrawal of Egyptian garrisons from Sudan after the Mahdi's revolt, the British promise to hand over Massawa which had been in Egyptian hands and their subsequent gifting of it to Italy.

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