Govt Tells U.S. to Stop Spreading Misinformation about Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA- Government on Thursday warned the United States and its embassy in Addis Ababa to refrain from peddling misinformation against Ethiopia.

Recently, the U.S. officials have issued several statements on issues ranging from “rebels closing in” to “civilian planes to be shot down” – claims dismissed as untrue by the government of Ethiopia.

This week, the US embassy in Addis Ababa issued another statement alleging a possible terrorist attacks in Addis Ababa

The statement which was issued with an intention to terrorizing Ethiopians is false and against international diplomatic principles, said Kebede Desisa, state minister of Government Communication Service (GCS), during his press briefing today.

According to the state minister, The constant false information being disseminated by the the Embassy demonstrates the fact that the U.S. is providing support for the terrorist TPLF,

The purpose is to mislead the international community about the reality on the ground in Ethiopia and tarnish the country’s image as well as discourage foreign investors from coming to the country, he added.

“This is against the principles of diplomatic engagement that would damage the long standing historical bilateral relations of the two countries,” Kebede said.

Kebede said the government has warned US embassy and organizations against their continued practice of spreading false information

On Tuesday, the U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeff Feltman, said  Washington is “not taking sides. Rumors that we are supporting one side are simply false”.

A video footage, which emerged on Wednesday, that shows its diplomats as well as EU countries holding a secret meeting with a representative of TPLF has put a question mark on U.S.’s neutrality.

The video shows the participants discussing plans to overthrow Ethiopia’s democratically-elected government over the video conferencing service, Zoom.

In the video, the former acting U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Vicki Huddleston seen telling a Tplf’s rep that Prime Minister “Abiy should step down, there should be an all-inclusive transition government”.

“I hope that you’ll have military success fairly soon, because it seems as if the situation is only becoming more drastic,” Huddleston said in a response to TPLF’s Berhane Gebre-Christos’s speech in which, among others, he claimed that Abiy’s government refused to negotiate.