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December 7, 2023 (FBC) – Annual joint consultation forum of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and ambassadors of EU member states is taking place in Addis Ababa.


Recent International Communities in Ethiopia News Highlights


Dec 01  2023 

Addis Ababa, December 1, 2023 (FBC) – The Ethiopian Diplomats Association, which includes former and veteran ambassadors, diplomats, and currently serving professionals of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who have served and presently serving their country in various positions for a long time, was established yesterday.

In his remarks during the launching event, State Minister for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mesganu Arga, stated that the association is important for the protection of national interests of Ethiopia.

Ambassador Mesganu said that the association will contribute to the foreign service by researching, showing policy directions, and training young people to transfer knowledge.


Nov 29  2023 

Addis Ababa, November 29, 2023 (FBC) – State Minister for the Government Communication Service, Selamawit Kassa, stated that the official trips made by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) to the European countries have brought Ethiopia’s diplomatic capacity to new heights.

In her media briefing regarding Premier’s recent visit to Prague, Selamawit pointed out that the trip takes the flourishing diplomatic ties between Ethiopia and Czech Republic to the next level.

It is to be recalled that the Prime Minister of Czech Republic, Petr Fiala, paid an official visit to Ethiopia a few weeks ago.


Nov 21,  2023 

Addis Ababa, November 21, 2023 (FBC) – The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will work closely with Ethiopia and the rest of Africa for the socio-economic betterment of the continent, according to Mr. Claver Gatete, the new Executive Secretary of ECA.

The ECA chief reiterated his organization’s commitment during a discussion with Minister of State for Political and Economic Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mesaganu Arga, earlier today.

During the meeting, Ambassador Mesganu said Ethiopia attaches a great importance to ECA’s undertakings. He affirmed that his government wishes a solid presence of the ECA which befits its historical relations with the country and the continent at large, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.


Nov 21,  2023 

Addis Ababa, November 21, 2023 (FBC) – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) reaffirmed commitment towards supporting sustainable and inclusive industrial development in Ethiopia.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), representative of Ethiopia and partners, celebrated the Africa Industrial Day today.

This year’s Africa Industrial Day, celebrated under the theme of “Accelerating Africa’s industrialization through the empowerment of African women in processing for an integrated market.”


Nov 20,  2023 

Addis Ababa, November 20, 2023 (FBC) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) held a discussion today with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of Compact with Africa Summit in Berlin, Germany.

“Pleased to meet my good brother President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the Compact with Africa Summit,” PM Abiy said in a social media post after his meeting with the French president.

Prime Minister Abiy underscored, “Our strengthened relations and multifaceted cooperation continues to be anchored in trust and mutual interests for sustained development.”

Recall that Prime Minister Abiy attended the Compact with Africa (CwA) Summit this afternoon.


Nov 20,  2023 

Addis Ababa, November 20, 2023 (FBC) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) attended the Compact with Africa (CwA) Summit this afternoon.

Launched under the German G20 Presidency in 2017, the G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) has become a platform for dialogue and cooperation between reform-oriented African countries, G20 partners and beyond.

The Prime Minister participated in a session focused on economic cooperation and enhancing private sector participation.


Nov 20,  2023 

Addis Ababa, November 20, 2023 (FBC) – Industry Minister Melaku Alebel held discussion with Ambassador of Spain to Ethiopia, Manuel Salazar, on bilateral issues of mutual concern.

Melaku briefed the Spanish Ambassador on economic growth, investment potentials and opportunities and the incentives put in place by the government to create enabling climate for foreign direct investments.

He also invited Spanish businesses to participate in the manufacturing industry sector of Ethiopia.

Ambassador Manuel Salazar, for his part, affirmed the commitment of his country to play his part in attracting European investors to the Ethiopian market.


Nov 19,  2023 

Addis Ababa, November 19, 2023 (FBC) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) held a constructive bilateral meeting with Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin to further strengthen the political and economic ties between Ethiopia and Germany.

The two leaders agreed to expand cooperation in clean energy, FDI, fertilizer production, and regional security issues. 

Ethiopia and Germany enjoy close cooperation on matters of climate change, energy, education, regional peace and security.


Nov 19,  2023 

Addis Ababa, November 19, 2023 (FBC) – The Vice President of Cuba, President Salvador Antonio Valdés, laid a wreath at the Ethio-Cuba Friendship Square today.

The Vice President said the Ethiopian-Cuban relationship is historical and forever linked with sacrifices of brotherhood, which the people and Government of Cuba are proud of.

He pointed out that the Cuban soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the 1977–78 Ethiopia–Somalia war were martyred for the sake of their second homeland.


Nov 21,  2023 

Addis Ababa, November 17, 2023 (FBC) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, held a discussion with Chang Wonsam, President of the Republic of Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), in his office today.

In the discussion that focused on existing historical and bilateral relations between Ethiopia and the Republic of South Korea, Demeke noted the ever-growing relations between the two countries and called for the development of bilateral relations in various fields.

Demeke appreciated the Korean experience on sustainable development, and he indicated that Ethiopia is keen on learning from the Korean experience.

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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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