Security obliges Ethiopia to assign experienced diplomats to neighboring countries

Workneh Gebeyehu, Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs. Photo : MFA/GOV

Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it will henceforth assign skillful and senior diplomats in neighboring countries rather than to advanced nations in Europe and elsewhere.

Such a move will further elevate the ongoing relations with neighboring countries such as Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Uganda and Yemen.

Ethiopia’s spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Melese Alem, told the Ethiopian News Agency on Thursday in Addis, that assigning senior and outstanding diplomats to those neighboring countries “is an uppermost priority since the situation that is going on in neighboring counties would have a direct spillover effects on Ethiopia.”

He explained that the Ministry was now prioritizing the deployment of diplomats who are skilled and knowledgeable professionals and that many of them would be well known persons and academicians.

Alem explained that out of 412 diplomats the country deploys abroad, half of them have been recalled for consultation.

Meanwhile, he revealed that the foreign ministry was contemplating on repatriating over 2, 000 Ethiopian citizens living in difficult situations in Tanzania, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Libya.

He concluded that over the last two days, over 200 Ethiopian citizens were repatriated from Yemen where an armed conflict was blazing since several years now.

© Bur-csa – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng