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Ethiopia : Demeke Mekonnen meets US special envoy Jeffery Feltman

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen meets US special envoy Jeffery Feltman

Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen meeting with U.S. special envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman (Photo : MFAE)


H.E. Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia had a discussion on Monday (May 10) with the U.S. special envoy to the Horn of Africa, H.E. Mr. Jeffrey Feltman.

At the onset, the Deputy Prime Minister noted the longstanding relationship between the two countries and underscored the need to further cement it.

The special envoy said Ethiopia is a strategic partner of the United States and his country would like to work with the former on peace and security issues.

Discussing the situation in Tigray, the Deputy Prime Minister explained the humanitarian and rehabilitation efforts that the government has been undertaking so far.  

The two sides also discussed issues related to the tripartite talks over the GERD and the Ethiopia-Sudan border dispute where Mr. Demeke reiterated Ethiopia’s commitment to peacefully solve the matters.

In this regard, Mr. Jeffery Feltman expressed his country’s unwavering commitment to support efforts that aimed to bring amicable solutions to the parties involved in the GERD negotiations.

Speaking on the upcoming elections, the Deputy Prime Minister said the government is committed to make it free, fair and peaceful.

The two sides concluded their discussion in a spirit of common understanding.

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  1. I hope the meeting was devoid of any sign of patronizing. That will not work with very proud people. Above all that nation is the most important ally of the USA from that region. It will not be to the best interest of any nation to squander such a staunch ally of more than 120 million proud people. That nation also cannot afford to underestimate the critical nature of its friendship with this country of philanthropists, Good Ole USA. I hope and pray the meeting was fruitful for both.

  2. As far as I am concerned there is absolutely nothing to negotiate or discuss, in regards to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which is designed to generate electricity, not to stop the water from its natural course of flowing and or restricting it from flowing to Sudan or Egypt. The dam is built in the land of ETHIOPIA and using its own water and therefore Sudan and Egypt can go and fly a kite. I don’t even understand why in the world Ethiopia accommodates especially Egypt, while their leader El Sisi is being so arrogant, threatening Ethiopia and the entire region by beating the drum of war.



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