On Monday,this week, the office of the president disclosed that President Sahlework Zewde appointed 20 new ambassadors but details of the countries to which they are appointed remained confidential.
Today, the ministry of foreign disclosed the details. Fitsum Arega started with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration as chief of staff in the office of the prime minister. Last month, he was transferred to Investment Commission as Commissioner. And now he is appointed as Ethiopian ambassador to the United States, probably an indication how important economic diplomacy is to Abiy Ahmed’s administration and how important the US is to Abiy Ahmed’s administration.
Spokesperson in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Meles Alem, is appointed as Ethiopia’s ambassador to Kenya. The new foreign policy objective also focuses on fostering economic and security cooperation among the countries in the region, according to information from the ministry.
Part of the initiative in the ministry as part of reform measures was to appoint good number of young diplomats and the appointments seem to reflect that.
The full list of Ambassadors and the countries and/or areas of their diplomatic missions is as follows:
1. Ambassador Sulieman Dedefo- UAE
2. Woizero (Mrs) Mulu Solomon- Germany
3. Abdulaziz Mohammed- Djibouti
4. Mrs Nasise Chali- Canada
5. Hassen Taju- Senegal
6. Reta Alemu- Israel
7. Henok Tefera- France
8. Woizero (Mrs) Alemtsehay Meseret-Uganda
9. Dr Tizita Mulugeta- India
10. Ambassador Tesfaye Yilma- Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to AU
11. Ambassador Teshome Toga- China
12. Teferi Tadesse- South Sudan
13. Fitsum Arega- USA
14. Dr Addisu Gebre-Egziabher- Zimbabwe
15. Million Samuel- The Netherlands
16. Meles Alem- Kenya
17. Berhane Fisseha- Deputy Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the AU
18. Dr Airorat Mohammed- Oman
19. Ambassador Samia Zekaria- Qatar
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