Ethiopian FM Offers Condolences on Passing of Gabon’s Top Diplomat

The Foreign Ministry of Ethiopia has expressed condolences on the passing of Gabon’s Foreign Minister Michael Moussa-Adamo.

The 62-year-old died of a heart attack during a cabinet meeting “despite efforts by specialists” to revive him, the government said in a brief statement on Friday.

In a statement Saturday, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry extended its condolences on the passing away of Gabon’s top diplomat Moussa-Adamo. 

The Ministry further expressed consolation to the family of the deceased as well as the people and Government of Gabon on their loss. 

“May His Soul Rest In Peace,” the Ministry’s statement adds.

Moussa-Adamo felt unwell after starting the cabinet meeting on Friday. He was taken to a military hospital while unconscious but died just after midday, a source speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP news agency.

In a Twitter post, President of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba described Moussa Adamo as “a great diplomat, a true statesman”.

“For me,” Bagbo said, he was, first of all, a friend, loyal and faithful, whom I could always count on.”

Moussa Adamo, who was born in the northeastern town of Makokou in 1961, began his career as a presenter on national television.

He later become chief of staff in 2001 for the then-defense minister Bongo. Before heading to the UN to serve as Gabon’s ambassador, Moussa Adamo served as special advisor to Bongo who become president in 2009. 

After serving as ambassador to the UN for a decade, he first became defense minister and then foreign minister in March 2022.