Ethiopian Diaspora, Missions urged to Act Jointly, Protect National Interest

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen appreciated the efforts of Ethiopians in the Diaspora for standing to protect their country’s interests, mentioning the #Nomore movement as a case in point.

Demeke said this during a virtual meeting on Wednesday with Ethiopian Mission leaders in Europe and Canada and Ethiopian community leaders in the Diaspora on current situations in the country, according to a statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) issued after the meeting.

Ethiopia has continued to face challenges, and Ethiopians in the Diaspora should ramp up efforts to protect the interests of their homeland, according to Demeke.

He also mentioned the proposed national dialogue and the subsequent election of commissioners, and the humanitarian truce declaration as steps taken to ensure peace in Ethiopia.

The government will not compromise the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, he said, further mentioning efforts to drive the TPLF out of occupied territories in the Afar and Amhara regions.

The Deputy PM called on the Ethiopian Diaspora to closely work with Ethiopian missions to register better results.

He also addressed questions forwarded by participants, particularly on bettering information-sharing mechanisms and collaborating in the digital diplomacy arena.

The meeting ended with the Deputy Prime Minister reaffirming commitments to face challenges with a united stance of all Ethiopians, said MoFA.