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Ethiopia says Russian Foreign Minister visit in Ethiopia fruitful 

Visit  was fruitful and involved discussions with H.E. President Sahle-Work Zewde and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, says the spokesperson Ambassador Meles Alem 

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Ambassador Meles Alem during the Biweekly press briefing in Addis Ababa on July 28,2023 (Photo : MFAE)

MFAE 

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, H.E. Ambassador Meles Alem, gave the biweekly Press briefing of the Ministry today (July 27) to the media.

The briefing, among others, focused on the fruits of the recent visit of the Foreign Minister of Russia and the Ethiopian Immigration and Citizenship Service’s ongoing registration of foreign nationals living in Ethiopia without proper documents.

Regarding the visit of Mr. Lavrov, the Spokesperson said it was fruitful and involved discussions with H.E. President Sahle-Work Zewde and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H.E. Demeke Mekonnen on diversifying bilateral cooperation, especially in trade, technology transfer, agriculture and energy sectors.

According to Ambassador Meles, Lavrov expressed Russia’s readiness to support Africa’s bid to hold a permanent seat at the UN Security Council during his discussion with President Sahle-Work Zewde.

Discussing with the Russian Foreign Minister, Mr. Demeke said the Ethiopian-Russian relationship is historical and longstanding, which withstood the test of time, Ambassador Meles added.

Ambassador Meles said Russia has decided to change Ethiopia’s debt owed to the former USSR, with a “Dept for Development package,” to help Ethiopia boost the technical capability of the Melkawakena Power plant and equip Balcha Hospital with modern medical equipment.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke also appreciated the principled stance of the Russian Federation in supporting Ethiopia’s cause during the unwarranted calls of the UN Security Council on Ethiopia, Ambassador Meles said.

According to Ambassador Meles, the discussion between the Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia and Russia also covered outstanding issues over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

In connection with that, he said, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke highlighted Ethiopia’s unwavering commitment to amicably address the issue in the tripartite negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt.

Ambassador Meles also mentioned the agreement between the two sides to hold a joint Ethiopian-Russia Commission meeting in the upcoming year, and sign new agreements and expedite the ratification and implementation of the the already signed agreements.

Regarding the registration of foreign nationals residing in Ethiopia without proper documents, the Ambassador said 58,833 are registered thus far, many of whom are from Canada, USA, Congo, Nigeria, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, China, Eritrea, Burundi, Ghana, Bangladesh, India, Liberia, Cameroon, and Italy.

The first round registration will stay until 02 August 2022, he said, further calling on the foreign nationals to register according to the schedule.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The registration of all undocumented foreigners is something any country should for a variety of critical reasons including safety/security. It also shows the centuries old tradition/value of glorious people. They always welcome and gave refuge to others who were tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free centuries before Emma Lazarus inked it. Such kindness by our generous people is attested by the Holy Scriptures of both religions. This is excellent diplomacy by both H.E. Madame President Sahle-Work bint Zewde and H.E. Deputy PM Demeke ibn Mekonnen. What more can I say about our glorious women? If given the chance they can run the country from the back of their hands and blind folded ushering the longest peaceful era in the history of that country.

  2. Subject: “Ethiopia says Russian Foreign Minister visit in Ethiopia fruitful. Visit was fruitful and involved discussions with H.E.
    President Sahle-Work Zewde and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, says the spokesperson Ambassador
    Meles Alem”, July 28, 2022

    Humble Commentary, 5 Aug 2022
    When a positive forecast of event is made, an Ethiopian reaction — full of its ever-lasting inherent WISDOM — goes like this: ‘MAY IT BE LIKE YOUR TOUNGE’.

    Indeed, may Ethiopia — the ONE and only ONE, — LIVE for ever, with its wisdom and politely refussing to be infected by the slick motives of the so-called “civilized” nations who are hinged to their inherent ambition over the natural richness of the Black African Continent. It is is NOT — and have never been — for the development of the Black African HUMAN RACE. NEVER .

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