Deputy PM Demeke Mekonnen Holds talks with Ireland’s FM and Defence Minister

ADDIS ABABA – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mekonnen, met on Wednesday with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence of Ireland, Simon Coveney, in New York, said  he Ministry of Foreign affairs Ethiopia in a statement. 

Demeke is currently in the US leading a delegation attending the 76 session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76).

During the discussion, Demeke said the misinformation and disinformation campaigns launched against Ethiopia following “the unwarranted TPLF attack on the ENDF are the sources of misunderstandings and the improper and unbalanced view on the situation in Ethiopia”, the statement reads.

In their efforts to understand the current situation in Ethiopia, the international community should never forget the destructive acts of the TPLF that created havoc in various parts of the country during its stay in power, the minister added.

Demeke also underscored that the international community should not fail to understand the efforts of the Government of Ethiopia to protect the safety of its citizens, rule of law, and the sovereignty of Ethiopia.

The international community should not also make decisions based on unsubstantiated allegations, which would endanger long-standing relations, the deputy PM said.

Demeke expressed his appreciation to the Irish government about its concerns on the situation in Ethiopia, adding that Ireland would further make efforts to better understand the reality on the ground.