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  Ethiopia is a founding member of numerous international organizations which formulate laws that affect inter-state relations and serve as forums to oversee respect for the rules which govern international engagement. 

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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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Addis Ababa, September 15, 2022 (FBC) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali is awarded as the 2022 Laureate of the Global Islamic Finance Award for efforts made in reforming Ethiopia’s finance sector towards inclusivity.  The Premier received the Award at the Global Islamic Finance Summit held in Djibouti.

Ethiopia has been undertaking vast financial sector reforms which are receiving global recognition, Prime Minister Abiy noted.

“Honoured to receive this award for the miles we are going as a nation to make the sector inclusive.”


Addis Ababa, September 15, 2022 (FBC) – Sileshi Bekele, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to the USA, discussed with congressman Harold Dallas Rogers (R.K.Y) on current state of affairs in Ethiopia, AGOA, H.R.6600, and TPLF’s atrocities.

Ambassador Sileshi said he advised the member of the Legislative Council on the unfair H.R.6600 – Ethiopia Stabilization, Peace, and Democracy Act proposal.

He explained that he briefed the congressman regarding the African Development and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and terrorist TPLF-instigated war and the terrorist group’s atrocities in Ethiopia.


Addis Ababa, September 14, 2022 (FBC) – Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, met today with Ms. Rita Laranjinha, Director for Africa at the European External Action Service.

The Deputy Prime Minister reaffirmed Ethiopia’s commitment to working on issues that strengthen Ethiopia’s relationships with the European Union.

He also briefed her on the current state of affairs in Ethiopia in relation to the northern conflict and the peace-building efforts that the Ethiopian government has undertaken thus far.


Addis Ababa, September 14, 2022 (FBC) – International law requires that humanitarian aid gets delivered, and space and access is given to the delivery of humanitarian aid under any circumstances, said Ann Fits-Gerald, a Professor of International Security and Dean of Basillie School of International Affairs.

Referring to relief operation towards areas affected by conflict in northern parts of Ethiopia, the Professor said it this is very difficult to properly undertake aid delivery when an insurrectionist insurgency group is in control of the governance structure of an area to be addressed.


Addis Ababa, September 13, 2022 (FBC) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has arrived in Nairobi, Kenya to partake in the inauguration of President William Ruto.

Prime Minister Abiy was received at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, by Kenyan senior officials and Ambassador of Ethiopia to Kenya, Bacha Debele. The Premier is expected to discuss with leaders of several countries on bilateral issues of mutual concern.

The event, which comes up on Tuesday at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi, will be Kenya’s fifth presidential inauguration.


Addis Ababa, September 10, 2022 (FBC) – Ambassador Demitu Hambisa conferred with Ms. Tanja Fajon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.

The two sides discussed cooperation to deepen the long-existing bilateral relationship between the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Republic of Slovenia in political, economic, and social affairs.

During the discussion, Ambassador Demitu Hambisa briefed the Minister on the current political and economic situation in Ethiopia and the efforts of the Government towards peace and development in the country.


Addis Ababa, September 15, 2022 (FBC) – Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary to the USA and Chief Negotiator & Advisor on Transboundary Rivers and GERD of Ethiopia, Seleshi Bekele, briefed Inger Andersen, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), on the tripartite negotiation of GERD and other various issues.

Ambassador Selshi discussed with the Executive Director on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the current stage of negotiations, sustainable development and cooperation, and future of the Nile (Abay) River.


Addis Ababa, September 15, 2022 (FBC) – Hirut Zemene, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands and E.U. institutions, met and exchanged views with Stefano Sannino, Secretary General of the European External Action Service.

On the occasion, Ambassador Hirut briefed the Secretary General on the current situation in Ethiopia, particularly focusing on the confidence-building measures that the Government of Ethiopia has been taking since the declaration of a unilateral indefinite humanitarian truce in March 2022, which was flagrantly violated by the TPLF leadership.


Addis Ababa, September 14, 2022 (FBC) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed along with the First Lady Zinash Tayachew and a high level delegation of officials has arrived in Djibouti for an official visit.

Prime Minister Abiy and his delegation have been received by President Omar Guelleh upon their arrival at Djibouti City.

Ethiopia and Djibouti signed agreement to jointly work on education and training, security and peacekeeping areas in March 2022.


Addis Ababa, September 14, 2022 (FBC) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Demeke Mekonnen has signed the book of condolences for Queen Elizabeth at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister expressed his personal deep sorrow at the death of the British monarch one again while he signed the condolence book.

Signing of the book of condolences for Queen Elizabeth II was opened at the British Embassy in Ethiopia on Wednesday. Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.


Addis Ababa, September 14, 2022 (FBC) – Ethiopian Ambassador to Korea, Dessie Dalkie, called on the international community to increase its awareness of the current situation in Ethiopia and join efforts of the government for a peaceful resolution.

Ambassador Dessie recalled the ongoing northern conflict since it broke out in November 2020, following Terrorist TPLF’s attack on the northern command of the national defense force of Ethiopia.

The Ambassador was quoted by Korea Times, saying, “I think the international community should understand the nature of the terrorist TPLF and at the same time should push them to come to the negotiation table,”


Addis Ababa, September 9, 2022 (FBC) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, has extended deepest condolences to the Royal Family Government and people of Great Britain on the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, the nation’s figurehead and a towering presence on the world stage for seven decades, died peacefully at her home in Scotland on Thursday aged 96.

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President Sahlework Meets ECA Executive Secretary


Addis Ababa, November 14, 2018 (FBC) – The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, yesterday met with the new Ethiopian President, Sahlework Zewde.

They discussed a number of issues, in particular ways through which to empower Ethiopia’s women in decision making positions and business, according to a statement issued by ECA.

 Economic Commision for Africa (ECA)    Overview ( ECA )

  Africans must seek growth that is primarily anchored on their priorities and that is capable of delivering structural transformation

    Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.

    Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.

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