Ethiopia working to expand its global representation

Addis Ababa, January 4, 2018 (FBC) –The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Ethiopia is working to expand its global representation that matches with its current political and diplomatic activities as well as its recognition at the international fora.

Meles Alem, Spokesperson of MoFA told journalists today that expanding global representation would have a significant contribution to improve Ethiopia’s economic diplomacy, protect the rights of citizens, attract investment and tourists, build its image and promote knowledge transfer in science and technology.

Of the targets set to achieve in the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-II) period, the country manged to open embassies in Morocco, Algeria and Rwanda and a consulate office in Istanbul, Turkey.

He said other consulate offices will be opened in Africa, Europe, North America, Indonesia, Oceania and the Middle East.

He further said the measures being taken by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) to broaden the political space would also have a significant role to improve Ethiopia’s foreign relations and diplomacy.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is ready more than ever before for its success, he said.

As far as the South Sudan warring parties is concerned, Meles said both the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the international community will continue to their efforts for the implementation of the ceasefire agreement signed in Addis Ababa recently.

According to him, main opposition parties are committed to honor the agreement.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat