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Brasília, Brasil

Mar 25,2016

News in Brief

Africa and the African Union

Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on (March 24, 2016) welcomed the signing of the Roadmap Agreement by the Sudanese government and urged the opposition groups to sign within five days.


Humanitarian partners this week (March 24, 2016) launched a 90-day campaign to raise awareness on the urgent need for an additional funding for the El-Nino induced drought in Ethiopia in an effort to address the humanitarian resource gap in the country. (See article)

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom bode farewell to the departing Ambassador of Togo, Ambassador Ekpao Nolaki, (March 25, 2016).

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie on (March 25, 2016) received copies of letters of credence of the newly appointed Ambassador of DRC to Ethiopia, Mr. Claude Nayamugabo and the new Ambassador of Fiji to Ethiopia, Mr. Moses Tikotioga.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, met with the newly elected FIFA President Gianni Infantino (March 24, 2016). During his stay, Mr. Infantino held talks with H.E Redwan Hussein, Minister of Youth & Sports and Mr. Juneydi Basha, President of Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF), and also visited the Ethiopian sports academy.

Mr. Mitiku Kassa, Commissioner of National Disaster Risk Management Commission, on (March 24, 2016) said the Ethiopian government has been distributing seeds for Belg season to areas affected by the El Nino induced drought at a cost of 520 million birr.

 Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on (March 22, 2016) held discussions with members of Joint Council of Political Parties.

Dr. Mulatu Teshome, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia received the credentials of fourteen newly appointed Ambassadors to Ethiopia (March 24, 2016). These include ambassadors form Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Greece, Turkey, Brazil, Gabon, Rwanda, United Kingdom, Namibia, United Arab Emirates, Burundi, Mauritania, Chile and the Philippines

Ato Demeke Atnafu, Director General of the Diaspora Affairs at the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs received a Mozambican delegation on (March 23, 2016), wherein the two sides exchanged views on enhancing Diaspora engagement.

A statement issued on (March 23, 2016) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Government of FDRE on behalf of the people of Ethiopia strongly condemns the Brussels attacks and offers its deepest sympathy to all the families of the victims and to the people of Belgium

Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom held discussions with Faith Ulusou, Ambassador of Turkey to Ethiopia, (March 22, 2016).

A High Level Ethiopian delegation, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen had been on a working visit to the Russian Federation over the week, wherein discussions focused on  ways of enhancing the bilateral relations between the two countries and expanding cooperation on continental and global issues of mutual interest.

According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT), Ethiopia has secured more than 1.7 billion US dollars revenue from tourism in the first half of this fiscal year.  (See article)

Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn on Monday (March 21, 2016) held discussions with representatives of Troika countries (United Kingdom, United States and Norway) on the progress of South Sudan's peace deal. (See article)

In his exclusive interview at the end of last week (March 19, 2016) with the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA), Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) remains to be a symbol of cooperation among riparian countries. (See article)

According to a statement issued on (March 22, 2016) by the US Embassy in Addis Ababa, the United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched a new water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activity.

Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO) on (March 22, 2016) said the 5th year anniversary of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam's (GERD) commencement will be marked with various arrangements,

The Ministries of Finance of Ethiopia and Sudan (March 22, 2016) have agreed to strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries.


In a Joint Oral Statement to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project urged the Council to pay close attention to human right violations in Eritrea (March 14, 2016). (See article)


Reports claim Kenya lodged a diplomatic protest to Tanzania after Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter was denied entry to the Port of Tanga on (March 23). The government is reported to have instructed Kenya's High Commission in Tanzania to get an explanation of the incident.


The United Nations Security Council on (March 25, 2016) extended the mandate of UNSOM's work until 31 March 2017.

Puntland Defense forces chief General Saeed Mohamed Hirsi on (March 24, 2016) said the high intensity operations against Shabaab ended successfully, with over 200 militants killed and others captured alive.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan received on (March 21, 2016) Shaikh Mohamoud, President of Somalia at the Beach Palace.

Somalia's Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke on (March 23, 2016) joined more than a million others in signing an online petition to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country.

South Sudan

Festus G. Mogae, Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) on South Sudan opened JMEC Meeting this week (March 24, 2016) in Juba. He said, "The patience of the international community – as is my own – is being tested." (See article)

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on (March 23, 2016) sacked the country's foreign affairs minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin, a day after he allegedly referred to people from Abyei as foreigners.

South Sudanese first vice president designate, Riek Machar (March 24, 2016) had been to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on peace implementation consultations with stakeholders and regional leaders.


Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on (March 24, 2016) welcomed the signing of the Roadmap Agreement by the Sudanese government and urged the opposition groups to sign within five days.

The Ministries of Finance of Ethiopia and Sudan (March 22, 2016) have agreed to strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries.

Sudan's DefenseMminister Awad Ibn Ouf on (March 22, 2016) discussed with a visiting senior military delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the prospects of the joint cooperation between the two nations.

Sudan's foreign ministry (March 24, 2016) said that President Omer al-Bashir received an invitation to participate in the inauguration of Niger's President, Mahamadou Issoufou.