Dec 9, 2021

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News alert: Ethiopia tells 4 Irish diplomats in Addis Abeba to leave

– A statement from the Irish Foreign Ministry said: “Earlier this week the Ethiopian government informed the Irish embassy in Addis Ababa that four of the six Irish diplomats working at the embassy must leave the country within a week. Our ambassador and one other diplomat were allowed to stay. ”

Full statement

Earlier this week the Ethiopian government informed the Irish embassy in Addis Ababa that four of the six Irish diplomats were on duty at the embassy must leave the country within a week. Our ambassador and one other diplomat were allowed to stay.

The Ethiopian authorities said the decision to downsize our embassy was due to the positions held by Ireland internationally, including the UN security agency Council on the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia.

Foreign Minister Simon Coveney TD commented:

“I regret this decision by the
Government of Ethiopia. Ireland has a diplomatic presence in
Ethiopia since 1994, in collaboration with the government and
People in Ethiopia to support the development of their country. That
Ethiopia has been the largest recipient of Irish aid in recent years
five years is evidence of Ireland’s deep commitment to the
Country. Our international commitment to Ethiopia, including the
Security Council, agrees with positions and declarations
from the European Union, including the High Representative / Vice of the EU
President Josep Borrell.

“Our embassy in Addis Ababa remains open and the team continues to fulfill its responsibilities, including with regard to the international organizations with which we are accredited, including the African Union and IGAD . Ireland fully supports the role of the African Union in finding a peaceful solution to the conflict, including through the work of its special envoy, former Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo. We are committed to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ethiopia.

“In the context of the deteriorating
The embassy focuses on the security situation in Ethiopia
Providing consular services, although reducing our diplomatic
Two thirds of the workforce will inevitably affect our ability to
offer such services. We advise against all trips to Ethiopia and
Irish citizens living in Ethiopia should use commercial means to leave the country
immediately.

“I hope the government’s decision
of Ethiopia will be temporary so our embassy staff can return
to fulfill their important tasks in the country as soon as possible.

“We will maintain our solidarity with the people of Ethiopia as the humanitarian crisis worsens. In the coming weeks Irish Aid will pay out 16 million euros to humanitarian partners in Ethiopia, including UN OCHA, UNICEF, UNFPA and the International Rescue Committee. “