Ethiopia: Ambassador Urges International Community to Enhance Humanitarian Support in Tigray

As reports of atrocities by fighters emerge in Tigray, women are struggling to feed their families. The World Food Programme provided urgently needed supplies to more than 28,000 more people on March 29.

Ethiopian Ambassador to Germany, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, Mulu Solomon held a fruitful discussion with Director of the Department of Sub-Saharan Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Nicol Adamcová.

The discussion focused on the latest developments on the Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD), border issue with Sudan, current situation in Tigray, the 6th National Election, and other mutually beneficial bilateral matters.

On the occasion, Ambassador Mulu expressed her gratitude to the Government of the Czech Republic for the recent initiative to the COVID-19 response and regular healthcare services, oxygen production plants, Intensive Care Units (ICU) worth 20 million Birr that strengthens ties and historic friendship.

Regarding the situation in Tigray, the Ambassador underscored that the government's measure on TPLF spared the Horn from becoming a hotspot for terrorism.

She stated that the government was able to provide humanitarian assistance to more than 4.1 million citizens by building the destroyed infrastructures which were destroyed by TPLF.

She also mentioned that the already supplied Aid was 70 percent covered by the government while 30 percent was by the international community and NGOs.

Ambassador Mulu further called for more support from the International Community, as it is about 40 days since unfettered access and unhindered mobility are allowed for Humanitarian agencies in the Tigray region.

Ambassador Mulu also gave a briefing and expressed Ethiopia's position on the GERD negotiation and the border conflict with Sudan.

She stated that Ethiopia always stands for a peaceful and negotiated solution for both cases and requested for the understanding of the benefit of GERD for all and the truth on the ground.

Director of the Department of Sub-Saharan Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Nicol Adamcová commended the longstanding bilateral relationship between Ethiopia and Czech.

She expressed the 10 million Czech crown support given by the Czech Republic through UNHCR to ease the burden of the Ethiopian government at the end of last year.

The director added that as the cooperation continued Ethiopia and the Czech Republic have signed MoU for the oxygen production plant, maternity ICU's and NICU's worth 20 million birr.

Adamcová noted that the personal initiative of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for reform including the work done to improve women's role in the Country's politics and other aspects is impressive.

She stated that Ethiopia has become a champion in empowering women and bringing them to politics.

The director also noted that Ethiopia is considered a provider of regional stability, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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