Deputy FM Hirut Confers with South African Ambassador to Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Top officials of Ministry Foreign Affairs held discussions with South Africa’s top diplomat in Addis Ababa over attacks on Ethiopians in the South Africa.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene held discussions with the Ambassador Ndumiso Ndima Ntshinga, at her office on Thursday.

The ministry in a statement issued on Friday, Hirut expressed her serious concern on the act of violence and looting of properties perpetrated against foreigners including Ethiopian citizens during the discussion.

She underscored her expectation that the South African authorities should deal firmly with all the criminal elements associated with the attacks and the looting of shops and put in place measures to guarantee the safety and security of all African nationals including Ethiopians in South Africa.

The Ethiopian government is encouraged by the statement of President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, denouncing these acts of violence and his promise to arrest perpetrators and bring them to justice.

Ambassador Ndumiso Ndima Ntshinga on his part explained that the Government of South Africa is working to calm the situation.