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General Seare Mekonnen met with Congressman Chris Smith and delegates

Seare Mekonnen
General Seare Mekonnen
Photo: EBC

borkena
August 25,2018

Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Defense Force, General Seare Mekonnen, met with Chris Smith, United States’ congressman who led a delegation to Ethiopia this week to “to talk about the country’s reform efforts since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office” as reported by the Voice of America.

The meeting took place at the office of Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Defense force.

Ethiopian government media outlets report indicates that the discussion mainly focused on regional security issues.

Ethiopia’s defense chief of staff told Chris Smith and members of his delegates that Ethiopia is diligently carrying out peacekeeping missions in South Sudan, in Darfur and Somalia and the security situation is improved, as per a report by Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC).

He also talked about the terrorist group in Somali, Al-Shabab. “Al-Shabab is weakening in its military posture,” perhaps implying that it no longer has the capability to impose security threat in the region.

Ethiopia and the United States have been partners in the fight against terrorism in the Horn of Africa for nearly two decades now and the United States has been one of the major donors to Ethiopia.

Chris Smith has been an advocate for human rights in Ethiopia. He initiated H.R. 128, a bill that called for an end for human rights abuses in Ethiopia and a reform measures relevant for promoting democracy ad peace in the country, which was passed in the House of Representatives this year.

Chris Smith is quoted as saying that he is “cautiously optimistic” about the ongoing change in Ethiopia. His delegation also met with prime minister Abiy Ahmed.



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1 COMMENT

  1. amhara narrowminded tribe who always believe majority should helod power and suppress the socalled minority rribes in Ethiopia. They have a history of killing , supperstition and casting a spell on others . Amahra thinks power is something you can inherit from your predecessors by blood not because you posesse skills of leardership. Amahra always stick its barbarity on Tigray who were killed and mercelessly massacred and bombed by amhara leadre in the past

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