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May 17, 2023 (FBC) – The Vice President of the Republic of Colombia Francia Elena Márquez Mina has arrived in Addis Ababa today.


Recent International Communities in Ethiopia News Highlights


May 17 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 17, 2023 (FBC) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen had a telephone conversation with Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia.

The two sides exchanged views on a number of issues of mutual concern.

They agreed to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries, including regarding Ethiopians residing in Saudi Arabia.

The conversation also included an exchange of views on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing efforts to help the parties in Sudan reach a negotiated settlement.


May 08 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 8, 2023 (FBC) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has received the Maltese Foreign Minister Ian Borg to Ethiopia.

The two have explored ways how to enhance trade and investment ties between Ethiopia and Malta.

“Our two countries will work to enhance trade and investment ties particularly in tourism,” Prime Minister Abiy said.

Ethiopia and Malta signed MoU today to collaborate in the fields of aviation tourism and diplomatic training represented by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen and Foreign Minister Ian Borg respectively.


May 08 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 8, 2023 (FBC) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, has received in his office today Ian Borg, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Malta.

During the deliberations the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in the fields of aviation tourism and diplomatic training.

The two sides also discussed ways to boost bilateral, regional and international cooperation. Following their discussion, the two sides delivered a joint press statement.

Demeke expressed gratitude for Malta’s diplomatic support to Ethiopia over the last two years, as well as its initiative in the opening of its embassy in Addis Ababa last year.


May 08 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 8, 2023 (FBC) – Ethiopian delegation led by Minister of Education Prof. Berhanu Nega met with UK’s Minister of State for Development and Africa, Andrew Mitchel and UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education, Helen Grant MP in London on the margins of the Education World Forum 2023.

During the meeting Prof. Berhanu briefed the minister and the special envoy on the reforms done in the education sector and the focus given to ensure quality of education in Ethiopia.

Minister Andrew Mitchel on his part assured the Ethiopian delegation that education and support in the sector is one of the priority areas of his government.


May 08 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 8, 2023 (FBC) – The European Union is ready to launch new chapter of strategic partnership with Ethiopia, said Ambassador Roland Kobia, the Head of EU Delegation to Ethiopia.

In a press briefing regarding the EU-Ethiopia new phase of partnership and the 72nd anniversary of EU Day, Ambassador Kobia recalled that the ties between Ethiopia and European countries dates back to the medieval age, mentioning the history of Portugal’s first diplomatic relations with Ethiopia.

Reminding that the European Union’s partnership with Ethiopia was stalled since the conflict in the northern part of the country broke out, it is now is ready to move the historic and strategic partnership with Ethiopia to a new phase.


May 06 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 6, 2023 (FBC) – State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mesganu Arga, welcomed and held a productive meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres during his transit at Bole airport.

The State Minister appreciated his role and the continued support of the UN for Ethiopia, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

The two sides agreed to further strengthen the partnership between the UN and Ethiopia to support the post-conflict recovery initiatives of the Government.

The State Minister briefed the UN chief about the progress of the Pretoria Peace Deal.


May 05 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 5, 2023 (FBC) – Ethiopian Airlines has inaugurated its luxurious expanded hotel complex today, which was constructed by the Airline’s Group.

It is stated that the new expanded hotel complex is the second Phase of the Grand Skylight Hotel, a flagship hotel project of Ethiopian airlines in Addis Ababa.

The inaugural ceremony is taking place in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, high government officials from house of people’s representatives, management from the Airline and government officials.


May 05 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 5, 2023 (FBC) – The Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz has concluded his one day visit to Ethiopia. Olaf Scholz was seen off at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport last evening by Foreign Affairs State Minister Birtukan Ayano.

The Chancellor departed to travel to Kenya for similar visit, it was indicated.

Chancellor Scholz was accompanied by several representatives of German companies.

Ethiopia and Germany have a long standing bilateral cooperation in various development area


May 05 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 5, 2023 (FBC) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has inaugurated today the second phase of Ethiopian Skylight Hotel, which is owned by the Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest aviation group in Africa.

Representatives of the international community, senior government officials and public figures attended the inaugural ceremony.

The five stars luxurious hotel is built with a cost of over 155 million USD, it was learned.

Skylight hotel is consists of 651 rooms, meeting halls, different types of restaurants swimming pool, and gym with SPA, among others.


May 05 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 5, 2023 (FBC) – Following the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visit to Ethiopia, a high-level economic delegation led by Udo Philipp German state minister, Ministry of Economy and Climate Protection visited Bole Lemi Industrial Park

The delegation also held a discussion with concerned Ethiopian government officials.

Ethiopian Investment Commission Commissioner, Lelise Neme along with other government officials welcomed and briefed delegates about Investment opportunities, and economic reforms undertaken by the government and encouraged the German investors to explore the untapped potential of the country.


May 04 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 4, 2023 (FBC) – FDRE’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has received German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Grand National Palace.

The primer also held discussions with German Chancellor who is in Ethiopia on a working visit.

It is stated that after concluding his stay in Ethiopia on Friday, May 5, 2023, Chancellor Scholz will travel to Kenya and meet with President William Ruto


May 04 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 4, 2023 (FBC) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has met with Special Envoy of the President of the Sovereign Council of the Republic of Sudan this afternoon.

During the meeting PM Abiy reiterated Ethiopia’s belief that Sudan will emerge from its current situation within a short time by utilising wisdom of its children and cordial engagement.

“I have called up on the conflicting parties to resolve their differences through dialogue” PM Abiy has said.


May 04 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 4, 2023 (FBC) – Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa, Fiona Evans and officials from Thermo Fisher Scientific launched new Global Health Equity Initiative Program in Ethiopia.

The initiative addresses growing global healthcare disparities by prioritizing health equity measures through improved health facilities and enhanced testing capabilities to prevent and treat communicable and non-communicable diseases.

In making the pledge, Thermo Fisher confirmed its commitment to meaningful action and collaboration with the Ethiopian government and private businesses in the healthcare sector to advance health equity in Ethiopia.


May 04 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 4, 2023 (FBC) – Ethiopia has facilitated the evacuation of foreign citizen of 61 countries from Sudan through its border based on international humanitarian principles, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Meles Alem briefed local and international media about the current situation in Sudan and other issues in his biweekly press conference today.

He said Ethiopia is closely monitoring the situation in Sudan as the two countries share longest border and the people to people relation is also strong.


May 04 2023 

Addis Ababa, May 4, 2023 (FBC) – Over 12,000 people have arrived in Metema, the border town between Sudan and Ethiopia, since fighting erupted on 15 April, many exhausted after the long and dangerous journey to safety, said IOM (International Organization for Migration).

IOM’s latest data mentioned that it’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is currently recording over one thousand daily arrivals, among them Sudanese citizens, returning Ethiopians and third country nationals (TCNs) from Türkiye, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya and more than 50 other countries.

It is said that IOM is assisting those arriving in Ethiopia, including from countries whose embassies sent requests to support their nationals.


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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.