12 July 2013

Ethiopia: PM Hailemariam Calls for Restraint and Dialogue in Egypt

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Friday that Ethiopia regretted the confrontation and violence that has been taking place in Egypt, his Spokesperson stated.

The Prime Minister's Spokesperson, State Minister, Getachew Reda said the Prime Minister deeply regretted any loss of life that has occurred and sent his condolences, and those of the people of Ethiopia, to the families of all those who have died. The Prime Minister called on all sides to exercise restraint and avoid any provocation or escalation of violence. He called on the authorities in Egypt to promote dialogue and inclusiveness and to work for reconciliation. All Egyptian leaders should do everything possible to prevent further conflict, he said.

Hailemariam said there was a real need to set in motion an inclusive process to embrace all shades of opinion and promote peace, stability and development. He called upon all Egyptians to act responsibly and peacefully, to cooperate in an inclusive process involving all political groups in a spirit of responsiveness, cooperation and partnership. He hoped all Egyptians would now work together to restore stability and move forward to a restored stability, peace and development.

The Prime Minister said destabilization in Egypt would influence the entire region, and also adversely affect the stability of Africa. Prime Minister Hailemariam said it was in the interests of Ethiopia, as well as of all Egypt's neighbors, that there should be peace and stability in Egypt. He said Ethiopia was following events very closely, and it supported any efforts to stop violence and confrontation, and all attempts to stabilize the situation in Egypt which is a friendly and neighboring state. The Prime Minister urged all sides to avoid any recourse to violence.

The future of Egypt, said the Prime Minister, can and should only be determined by the Egyptian people. He said, despite the current difficulties, he had every confidence that the great Egyptian people and the authorities would now be able to transform the current situation into a political process that would provide for renewed peace and stability for the benefit of the people of Egypt, of the region and of Africa.

Ethiopia believes, as it has demonstrated on numerous occasions, that dialogue and discussion provide the necessary way forward to resolve disputes whether external or internal. It is also a near neighbor and deeply involved in the development of a mutually beneficial relationship with all the states in the Nile Basin including Egypt. It believes that all the riparian states will continue to work together to provide peaceful solutions to all current problems.

Prime Minister Hailemariam said that Ethiopia would always remain a friend of Egypt and the Egyptian people. It was committed to continuing peaceful and mutually beneficial relations with the Egyptian people, and fully supported their aspirations for democracy, development and dignity.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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