Congressman calls on int’l community to support efforts to alleviate vulnerability in HoA
Addis Ababa, June 18, 2022 (FBC) – Ethiopian Ambassador to the U.S. Seleshi Bekele met with and briefed Congressman Tim Burchett on the current political developments in Ethiopia, and the efforts of the government to tackle humanitarian needs of those affected by the conflict in Northern Ethiopia as well as natural disaster.
The ambassador also informed the Congressman about Ethiopia’s endeavor in boosting wheat production using irrigation technology in dry areas, and explained that due to the drought conditions, millions need assistance.
Congressman Burchett expressed his awareness of the natural disaster in the region and emphasized on the support of the international community, including the US, in alleviating vulnerability in the Horn of Africa region.
Ambassador Seleshi also briefed the congressman about the negative effects that the draft bills (HR 6600 and S 3199) at the US congress will have on Ethiopia’s peace and stability as well as the adverse effects of the suspension of Ethiopia from the AGOA initiative on poor people in Ethiopia, especially women.
The congressman stated that Ethiopia’s stability, as an important partner in the region, should be maintained and expressed his commitment to work closely for a more constructive engagement.