ADDIS ABABA – Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia thanked Ethiopians, people of Ethiopian descent, and friends of Ethiopia who have come home accepting the Great Homecoming Challenge.
He said this while delivering remarks in the welcoming ceremony held at “Wodajinet Park” in Addis Ababa.
Demeke appreciated Ethiopians in the Diaspora for the contributions that impacted the life of Ethiopians in economic, social, and political arenas.
He appreciated the commitment of Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia in the Diaspora to stand for justice in Ethiopia, protest false and unsubstantiated information on Ethiopia in international media.
After highlighting the human and material cost that Ethiopia has incurred because of the terrorist TPLF’s destructive acts, he said the country would stand tall by overcoming its challenges.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister finally called on the Home Comers to continue supporting the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts of the government.
Present at the ceremony, the Mayor of Addis Ababa City Council, Adanech Abebe, expressed her immense satisfaction over all the activities of Ethiopians in the Diaspora regarding Ethiopian issues.
The Deputy Director-General of Ethiopian Diaspora Agency, Dr. Mohammed Idris, also addressed the audience detailing available services and activities to carry out together with the Home Comers.
Participants have visited a Bazar hosted to encourage buying Ethiopian-made products.
Similar welcoming events will be held in various regional states, according to the ministry of foreigna affairs.